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Debussy Explained

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Debussy at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

Claude (1862-1918) a French composer who developed musical impressionism//

Debussy at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

French composer. Born into near-poverty, he showed an early gift for the piano. He entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1873, and soon thereafter was employed as pianist by Nadezhda von Meck, P. Tchaikovsky's patroness. Influenced by the Symbolist poets and Impressionist painters, he was early led toward a compositional style of great originality, shunning the strictures of traditional counterpoint and harmony to achieve new effects of great subtlety through unusual voice leading and timbral colors to evoke pictorial images and moods especially of languor and hedonism. He is regarded as the founder of musical Impressionism. His significance in weakening the hold of traditional tonal harmony equals that of F. Liszt, R. Wagner, and A. Schoenberg. Given his effect on such composers as M. Ravel, I. Stravinsky, B. Bartó k, A. Berg, A. Webern, and P. Boulez, he can be seen as the most influential French composer of the last three centuries. His works include the opera Pellé as et Mé lisande (1902); the orchestral works Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun (1894), Nocturnes (1899), La mer (1905), Images (1912), and the ballet Jeux (1913); a string quartet (1893); the piano sets Estampes (1903), Images (1905, 1907), Children's Corner (1908), 24 Pré ludes (1910, 1913), and 12 É tudes (1915); and many songs.

Debussy at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : French composer who is said to have created impressionism in
music (1862-1918) [syn: {Claude Debussey}, {Claude
Achille Debussy}]