Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918) is one of the most prominent composers of the Impressionistic era, even though he himself disliked when the term was attached to one of his own compositions. The sound of an impressionist piece of music focuses on suggesting an atmosphere, unlike the romantic era which focused on the emotion of the movement. Debussy’s music had a high sensory component because of its dissonance, the tendency in music to sound unresolved or unfinished.
Debussy was born to the owner of a crockery shop named Manuel-Achilles Debussy, and a seamstress named Victorine Manoury. He began to taking piano lessons in Cannes, where his mother was taking refuge from the Franco-Prussian war in 1870. By age 10 Claude enrolled at the Paris Conservatoire where he spent the next 11 years of his life studying music history and theory, harmony, and piano. He would go on to become one of the most important composers of all time.
Impressionism was not just a musical movement. Can you find out how it is related to painting and sculpture and compare it to Impressionism in music?
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