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Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
 French composer born on August 22, 1862
 His father owned a china shop and his mother was a
 Died March 25, 1918
Debussy’s Music
 Debussy began piano lessons when he was seven years
 He was a brilliant pianist and an outstanding sight reader
 His music showed the transition from late-Romantic music
to twentieth century modernist music
 His work Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the
Afternoon of a Faun), was original in form and execution.
 In contrast to the large orchestras popular in the late
1800s, Debussy wrote this piece for a smaller ensemble,
emphasizing instrumental color and timbre (tone quality)
 This piece features the flute.
 His work La Mer ("The Sea" in French) is an orchestral
 He began writing it in 1903 and finished in 1905.
 Has been described as "musical onomatopoeia"
 The 1st movement is called "De l'aube à midi sur la mer"
("From dawn to noon on the sea")