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Claude Debussy Quotes

Claude Debussy is perhaps the most influential French composer in western music. His influence was prominently felt for composers who were contemporaries and in the decades to follow. Debussy’s music continues to be influential in our time for 21st-century composers.

“I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.”

“Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us or insinuate itself into us without any effort on our part.”

“Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.”

“Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.”

Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes.

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Richard J. Chandler, BA, MA Bachelor of Arts-Music & Master of Arts-Psychology