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Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy

  • August 22, 1862 Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France) - March 25, 1918 Paris (France)


Claude Debussy, composer of the "bizarre"

Claude Debussy, whose parents were not musicians, received a solid musical education at the Paris Conservatoire with Marmontel (piano), Lavignac (theory of music), Durand (harmony), Franck (organ), Massenet and Guirand (composition) winning the Prix de Rome in 1884. During his stay at the Villa, his “parcels from Rome” scandalised the Institute, which criticised him for being “tortured by the desire to produce bizarre, incomprehensible and unplayable music”. Accused of “vague impressionism”, the young Debussy’s first works, however, appealed to the Parisian intelligentsia such as Mallarmé, Régnier, Laforgue, Verlaine and Louÿs at the beginning of the 20th century.

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