March 2018: 100 Years Since the Death of Claude Debussy
March 2018: 100 years since the death of Claude Debussy.
Achille-Claude Debussy, 22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918, French composer and one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music.
Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent use of nontraditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant.
Debussy's influences were wide-ranging. Later in life he became interested in non-Western music and its unorthodox approaches to composition. Specifically, he was drawn to the Javanese Gamelan, a type of orchestra from the island of Java that played an array of unique instrumentation, including gongs and metallophones.