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Debussy, Claude (1862 - 1918), composer

François Lesure and Roy Howat

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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(b St Germain-en-Laye, 22 Aug 1862; d Paris, 25 March 1918 ). French composer. One of the most important musicians of his time, his harmonic innovations had a profound influence on generations of composers. He made a decisive move away from Wagnerism in his only complete opera Pelléas et Mélisande, and in his works for piano and for orchestra he created new genres and revealed a range of timbre

Keywords: Childhood and studies; The ‘bohemian’ and symbolist years; ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’; ‘Debussyism’; The last years; Debussy and currents of ideas; Models and influences; Sources and interpretation; Theatre works and projects; Musical language; Orchestration and timbre; Reception and influence

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Subjects: Music

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