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Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy

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Claude Debussy

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Claude Debussy est né le 22 août 1862. Claude Debussy was born on August 22, 1862.

Claude Debussy avait l'oreille picturale

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) était un esthète raffiné et passablement hautain, qui aimait les beaux objets, les tabacs compliqués, et goûtait les sophistications de la chose imprimée. Ainsi, à propos d'un tirage spécial de ses Préludes pour piano (1909-1913), il écrit à son éditeur, Jacques Durand : « On se demande pourquoi les tirages sur papier de luxe sont presque exclusivement consacrés à la "littérature" ? C'est excessif et injuste ! Quels "beaux noirs", cher ami... La musique y prend un aspect d'estampe bien fait pour réjouir le cœur et les yeux - si j'ose employer cette formule un peu désuète ? »

Claude Debussy had a pictorial ear

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was a sophisticated and slightly arrogant esthete who liked beautiful things, complex tobaccos and was an aficionado of fancy printed works. Thus, about a special print run of his “Preludes for piano” (1909-1913), he writes to Jacques Durand, his publisher: “One wonders why the print runs on luxury paper are devoted almost exclusively to literature? It’s too much and unfair! Such ‘beautiful blacks”, dear friend… Music takes an air of a nicely done print to rejoice the heart and the eyes – if I may use this slightly obsolete word.”

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