Claude Debussy

Biography

Born: 1862   Died: 1918   Country: France   Period: Romantic
Claude Debussy (born Achille-Claude Debussy) was among the most influential composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His mature compositions, distinctive and appealing, combined modernism and sensuality so successfully that their sheer beauty often obscures their technical innovation. Debussy is considered the founder and leading exponent of musical Impressionism (although he resisted the label), and his adoption of Read more non-traditional scales and tonal structures was paradigmatic for many composers who followed.
The son of a shopkeeper and a seamstress, Debussy began piano studies at the Paris Conservatory at the age of 11. While a student there, he encountered the wealthy Nadezhda von Meck (most famous as Tchaikovsky's patroness), who employed him as a music teacher to her children; through travel, concerts and acquaintances, she provided him with a wealth of musical experience. Most importantly, she exposed the young Debussy to the works of Russian composers, such as Borodin and Mussorgsky, who would remain important influences on his music.
Debussy began composition studies in 1880, and in 1884 he won the prestigious Prix de Rome with his cantata L'enfant prodigue. This prize financed two years of further study in Rome -- years that proved to be creatively frustrating. However, the period immediately following was fertile for the young composer; trips to Bayreuth and the Paris World Exhibition (1889) established, respectively, his determination to move away from the influence of Richard Wagner, and his interest in the music of Eastern cultures.
After a relatively bohemian period, during which Debussy formed friendships with many leading Parisian writers and musicians (not least of which were Mallarmé, Satie, and Chausson), the year 1894 saw the enormously successful premiere of his Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) -- a truly revolutionary work that brought his mature compositional voice into focus. His seminal opera Pelléas et Mélisande, completed the next year, would become a sensation at its first performance in 1902. The impact of those two works earned Debussy widespread recognition (as well as frequent attacks from critics, who failed to appreciate his forward-looking style), and over the first decade of the twentieth century he established himself as the leading figure in French music -- so much so that the term "Debussysme" ("Debussyism"), used both positively and pejoratively, became fashionable in Paris. Debussy spent his remaining healthy years immersed in French musical society, writing as a critic, composing, and performing his own works internationally. He succumbed to colon cancer in 1918, having also suffered a deep depression brought on by the onset of World War I.
Debussy's personal life was punctuated by unfortunate incidents, most famously the attempted suicide of his first wife, Lilly Texier, whom he abandoned for the singer Emma Bardac. However, his subsequent marriage to Bardac, and their daughter Claude-Emma, whom they called "Chouchou" and who became the dedicatee of the composer's Children's Corner piano suite, provided the middle-aged Debussy with great personal joys.
Debussy wrote successfully in most every genre, adapting his distinctive compositional language to the demands of each. His orchestral works, of which Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and La mer (The Sea, 1905) are most familiar, established him as a master of instrumental color and texture. It is this attention to tone color -- his layering of sound upon sound so that they blend to form a greater, evocative whole -- that linked Debussy in the public mind to the Impressionist painters.
His works for solo piano, particularly his collections of Préludes and Etudes, which have remained staples of the repertoire since their composition, bring into relief his assimilation of elements from both Eastern cultures and antiquity -- especially pentatonicism (the use of five-note scales), modality (the use of scales from ancient Greece and the medieval church), parallelism (the parallel movement of chords and lines), and the whole-tone scale (formed by dividing the octave into six equal intervals).
Pelléas et Mélisande and his collections of songs for solo voice establish the strength of his connection to French literature and poetry, especially the symbolist writers, and stand as some of the most understatedly expressive works in the repertory. The writings of Mallarmé, Maeterlinck, Baudelaire, and his childhood friend Paul Verlaine appear prominently among his chosen texts and joined symbiotically with the composer's own unique moods and forms of expression. Read less
Ravel, Debussy: String Quartets / Klinko, Davies, Chilingirian Quartet
Release Date: 03/20/2007   Label: Emi Classics For Pleasure  
Catalog: 82231   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms, Kodaly, Debussy, Tchaikovksy / Fournier, Holetschek
Release Date: 11/24/2009   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 798091   Number of Discs: 1
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Messiaen: Visions De L'amen; Debussy: En Blanc Et Noir
Release Date: 08/31/2010   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 119   Number of Discs: 1
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Debussy: Complete Music for Piano Duo / Damerini, Rapetti
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94448   Number of Discs: 3
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Debussy: Violin Sonata, Cello Sonata, Piano Trio / Trio Stradivari
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94766   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 101.
    French Music For Harp And Strings - Ravel, Et Al / Bodtker
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555328 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Pierné,  Jacques Ibert,  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Ellen Sejersted Bodtker,  Per Flemström,  Fredrik Fors,  Sjur Bjaerke
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  • 102.
    Night Music 8 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556608 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Wolf Harden,  Takako Nishizaki,  Alexander Jablokov,  Quido Hölbling  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Barry Wordsworth,  István Bogár  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana,  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 103.
    Debussy - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63803 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott,  Catherine Collard,  James Galway,  Michel Dalberto
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Guarneri String Quartet,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 104.
    Rubinstein Collection Vol 80 - Recital For Israel
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63080 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
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  • 105.
    Debussy: Estampes / Kyoko Tabe
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9912 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Kyoko Tabe
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  • 106.
    Scene  600 Years - Music From Six Centuries / Calefax Reed
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6191043 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Bendusi,  Johannes Ockeghem,  Anonymous,  William Byrd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calefax Reed Quintet
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  • 107.
    Live Recital No 1 / Harold Wright
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1023 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Francis Poulenc,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Luis Batlle,  Harold Wright
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  • 108.
    Harvey Aurandt, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy / Robert Hamilton
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 278 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Paul Harvey Aurandt
    Performer:  Robert Hamilton
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  • 109.
    Debussy: 2 Arabesques, Rêverie, Etc / David Allen Wehr
    Label: Connoisseur Society   Catalog: 4219 Release Date: 10/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  David Allen Wehr
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  • 110.
    Claude Debussy - The Composer As Pianist
    Label: Pierian   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Mary Garden,  Claude Debussy
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  • 111.
    Debussy: Images, Études / Jean-yves Thibaudet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460247 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
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  • 112.
    Debussy Arranged For Ten-stringed Guitar / Anders Miolin
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 986 Release Date: 04/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Anders Miolin
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  • 113.
    The Classic Salon / Charlotte Page, London Salon Ensemble
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84416 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg,  Pietro Mascagni,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Charlotte Page
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Salon Ensemble
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  • 114.
    My Favorite Debussy - Van Cliburn
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63567 Release Date: 11/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Van Cliburn
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  • 115.
    Label: Michele   Catalog: 9004 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
    Conductor:  Anton Nanut,  Barry Faldner,  Marko Munih
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  • 116.
    Michael Rabin - Mosaics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67020 Release Date: 01/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Eugène Ysaÿe,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Leon Pommers,  Michael Rabin
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  • 117.
    Debussy: Preludes, Children's Corner / Zoltan Kocsis
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456568 Release Date: 06/29/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis
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  • 118.
    The Last Dance - Music for a Vanishing Era / I Salonisti
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77377 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Enrico Toselli,  Benjamin Godard,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
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  • 119.
    Debussy at Dawn / Uchida, Kocsis, Arrau
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462035 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  George Pieterson,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Mitsuko Uchida,  Claudio Arrau  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Paul Paray
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Women's Chorus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Debussy: Complete Piano Music / Martin Jones
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1773 Release Date: 10/07/1997   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Martin Jones
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  • 121.
    Debussy: Préludes, Suite Bergamasque, Etc / Ciani, Vásáry
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 453070 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Tamás Vásáry,  Dino Ciani
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  • 122.
    Debussy: Piano Works Vol 3 / François-joël Thiollier
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553292 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier
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  • 123.
    Sounds And Perfumes / Jack Richard Crossan
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1086 Release Date: 05/27/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Cyril Scott,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Jack Richard Crossan
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  • 124.
    Debussy: The Complete Works For Piano / Walter Gieseking
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65855 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Kurt Schröder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hessian Radio Orchestra Frankfurt
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  • 125.
    Songs For Sunset / Christian Linberg, Per Lundberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 808 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Per Lundberg,  Christian Lindberg
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Claude Debussy


WORKS
Debussy: La Mer, L.109 - 1. From Dawn Till Noon On The Sea (De l'aube à midi sur la mer)
Debussy: La Mer, L.109 - 2. Play Of The Waves (Jeux de vagues)
Debussy: La Mer, L.109 - 3. Dialogue Of The Wind And The Sea (Dialogue du vent et de la mer)
Debussy: String Quartet In G Minor, Op.10, L. 85 - 1. Animé et très décidé
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 - 2. Scherzo (Assez vif et bien rythmé)
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 - 3. Andantino doucement expressif
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 - 4. Très modéré - Très mouvementé - Très animé
Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Debussy: Children's Corner, L.113 - 2. Jimbo's Lullaby
Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 3. Serenade For The Doll
Debussy: Children's Corner, L.113 - 4. The Snow Is Dancing
Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 5. The Little Shepherd
Debussy: Children's Corner, L. 113 - 6. Golliwogg's Cakewalk
Debussy: Images - Book 1 - 1. Reflets dans l'eau
Debussy: Images - Book 1 - 2. Hommage à Rameau
Debussy: Images - Book 1 - 3. Mouvement
Debussy: Images - Book 2 - 1. Cloches à travers les feuilles
Debussy: Images - Book 2 - 2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
Debussy: Images - Book 2 - 3. Poissons d'or
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 1. Danseuses de Delphes
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 2. Voiles
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 3. Le vent dans la plaine
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 5. Les collines d'Anacapri
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 6. Des pas sur la neige
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L.117 - 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 9. La sérénade interrompue
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 10. La cathédrale engloutie
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 11. La danse de Puck
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 12. Minstrels
1. Brouillards
2. Feuilles mortes
3. La puerta del vino
4. "Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses"
5. Bruyères
6. "General Lavine" - eccentric
7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
8. Ondine
9. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.
10. Canope
11. Les tierces alternées
12. Feux d'artifice