Claude Debussy

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Claude Debussy

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  1. Claude Debussy

    Slide 1 - Claude Debussy

    • The chief exemplar of musical impressionism
    • By Aaron and Christian
  2. Facts

    Slide 2 - Facts

    • Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, August of 1862
    • His father owned a china shop and his mother was a seamstress
    • Began piano lessons at the age of 7
    • Great Composer in the Impressionism era
    • Died in Paris, France, April 1918, from colon cancer
  3. facts (cont.)

    Slide 3 - facts (cont.)

    • Influenced by Asian music he heard at the Paris exposition of 1889
    • Wanted to convey light and shade through his music
    • Did not follow traditional scale steps of music
    • Used Whole-tone scale to show importance of each note
    • Despised being called an impressionist
  4. Personal Life

    Slide 4 - Personal Life

    • Music was relaxing but his private life was stressful
    • Had a number of high profile affairs
    • Broke off an engagement
    • And left his wife for Emma Bardac
  5. Career

    Slide 5 - Career

    • Started music at a young age
    • Aspired to be a piano virtuoso but gave that up after failing to win the premier prix for piano
    • Won the Prix de Rome for composition with his piece L’enfant prodigue
  6. Career (cont.)

    Slide 6 - Career (cont.)

    • 38 piano works
    • 35 songs
    • chamber music including works for piano, cello, violin, flute, viola, harp, clarinet, bassoon, tumpet
    • opera: started 5 but completed only 1: Pelléas et Mélisande
    • 4 ballets
    • 14 orchestral works
    • 34 'dramatic' works
  7. Famous works

    Slide 7 - Famous works

    • Prelude to the afternoon of a faun
    • Deux arabesques
    • Suite bergamasque
    • La mer
    • Esampes
    • Children’s Corner
  8. Thanks for watching…

    Slide 8 - Thanks for watching…

    • Bye!