Saturday, January 08, 2005

Claude Debussy - Father of New Age Piano?

Claude Debussy

Listening to Debussy's piano music, I can't help but think of the similarities between his impressionistic style and the New Age style of today. True, Debussy used different musical materials, (mostly the whole tone scale), but philosophically, the styles are very close.

Here's an apt description of him: Claude Debussy was the founder and the most important representative of the Impressionist movement in music. His composing style had served as inspiration for many later composers, and its influence survived to this day. The most important characteristic of Debussy's music is its visual power - images and scenes hidden within the music, never conveyed directly, but always colored by the artist's imagination. The composer's impressions of reality sound magical and mysterious, as if they were trying to offer an insight into some great, unnamed mystery surrounding us. More information on Claude Debussy.

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