(1862 - 1918).  French pianist and composer.  His approach to composition was highly innovative in its departure from traditional 19th century concepts of musical form, harmony, and expression.  This resulted in his music being compared to the 'impressionistic' and 'symbolist' movements in painting and literature.

His "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" (1894) is considered to be a turning point in music history, greatly influencing the first generation of 20th century composers.  His orchestral works "La Mer" and "Nocturnes", the opera "Pelleas et Melisande" and his String Quartet are all musical landmarks of the era.

His piano compositions "Estampes", "Images", and his 24 Preludes are masterpieces of the piano repertoire.  His early compositions "Clair de lune" (from Suite Bergamasque) and Arabesque no 1 remain favorites in piano recital programs, despite the fact that they are not representative of Debussy's mature style.
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steven - 22 Sep 2009