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  Claude Debussy
Country : France
Date of Born: : August 22, 1862
City: : Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Paris
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Achille-Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862 - March 25, 1918) was a French composer. He worked within the style commonly referred to as impressionist music, a term which he dismissed. Debussy was not only one of the most important French composers but was also one of the most important figures in music at the turn of the last century. His music represents the transition from late-romantic music to 20th century modernist music. The Suite Bergamasque is one of the most famous piano suites of Claude Debussy, and is widely regarded as the most fascinating. It was likely named after Paul Verlaine's poem "Clair de Lune,"which references a bergamask. It was published in 1905 and consists of four parts, or movements: 1) Prelude 2) Menuet 3) Clair de Lune 4) Passepied The Prelude is played in the key of F, tempo rubato. It is full of dynamic contrasts with a very spectacular beginning and ending. The second movement is entitled Menuet, according to the typical Baroque suite form. It is quite mysterious, yet playful during its pianissimo parts and shows interesting harmonies. It is followed by the well-known Clair de Lune (Moonlight), a very soft and tender masterpiece of Debussy, played mostly pianissimo. Finally, the Passepied is played in F-sharp minor, allegretto ma non troppo. It is again playful and ends with a very quiet part after going through a section in C minor. 

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French Orchestral and Piano Art Songs
André-Sébastien Savoie, Claude Debussy , Jacinthe Parise
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Category:  French  Art Songs
Extract from album : Debussy to start with. We could use French contributors.
Claude Debussy (1862-1918), along with Ravel, are at the heart of French impressionism in music. D ...

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