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Claude Debussy

Fecha de nacimiento: 22. Agosto 1862
Fecha de muerte: 25. Marzo 1918
Otros nombres: Claude A. Debussy, Claude Achille Debussy

Achille-Claude Debussy fue un compositor francés y una figura central en la música europea de finales del siglo xix y comienzos del siglo xx y, junto a Maurice Ravel, una de las figuras más prominentes de la música impresionista, aunque al propio compositor no le gustaba este término cuando se aplicaba a sus composiciones. Fue nombrado caballero de la Legión de Honor en 1903.

„Estoy cada vez más convencido de que por su naturaleza misma la música es algo que no puede ajustarse a una forma tradicional fija. Está formada por colores y ritmos. El resto es un montón de basura inventado por imbéciles frígidos que cabalgan aferrados a las espaldas de los Maestros, quienes, en general, compusieron casi exclusivamente música de época. Solamente Bach tenía cierta idea de la verdad.“

—  Claude Debussy

Fuente: Schonberg, Harold C. y Aníbal Leal. Los grandes compositores, pp. 573-4, 576-578. Ediciones Robinbook, 2007. https://books.google.es/books?id=3CgBKMcbKAoC&pg=PA573&dq=debussy+impresionismo&hl=es&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjJtsum8PnhAhW5XRUIHTXvANsQ6AEILjAB#v=onepage&q=debussy%20impresionismo&f=false En Google Books. Consultado el 1 de mayo de 2019.

„El arte es la más bella de las mentiras.“

—  Claude Debussy

Fuente: Romesburg, H. Charles. La vida del espíritu creativo (2001), pp. 239-240.

„En primer lugar, señoras y señores, tienen que olvidar que son cantantes.“

—  Claude Debussy

Instrucciones a los cantantes en su ópera Pelléas et Mélisande.
Fuente: Simon, Henry William. 100 Grandes Óperas y sus historias (1989), p. 371.

„Las obras de arte hacen reglas, pero las reglas no hacen obras de arte.“

—  Claude Debussy

Fuente: Paynter, John. Companion to Contemporary Musical Thought (1992), p. 590.

„La música es el espacio entre las notas.“

—  Claude Debussy

Fuente: Koomey, Johnathan G. (2001). Turning Numbers into Knowledge, p. 96. Oakland: Analytics Press. ISBN 0-9706019-0-5.

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„There’s no need either for music to make people think! … It would be enough if music could make people listen“

—  Claude Debussy

Letter to Paul Dukas (1901)
Contexto: I confess that I am no longer thinking in musical terms, or at least not much, even though I believe with all my heart that Music remains for all time the finest means of expression we have. It’s just that I find the actual pieces — whether they’re old or modern, which is in any case merely a matter of dates — so totally poverty-stricken, manifesting an inability to see beyond the work-table. They smell of the lamp, not of the sun. And then, overshadowing everything, there’s the desire to amaze one’s colleagues with arresting harmonies, quite unnecessary for the most part. In short, these days especially, music is devoid of emotional impact. I feel that, without descending to the level of the gossip column or the novel, it should be possible to solve the problem somehow. There’s no need either for music to make people think! … It would be enough if music could make people listen, despite themselves and despite their petty mundane troubles, and never mind if they’re incapable of expressing anything resembling an opinion. It would be enough if they could no longer recognize their own grey, dull faces, if they felt that for a moment they had been dreaming of an imaginary country, that’s to say, one that can’t be found on the map.

„I do not practise religion in accordance with the sacred rites. I have made mysterious Nature my religion.“

—  Claude Debussy

As quoted in Claude Debussy: His Life and Works (1933) by Léon Vallas, p. 225
Variant translation: Before the passing sky, in long hours of contemplation of its magnificent and ever-changing beauty, I am seized by an incomparable emotion. The whole expanse of nature is reflected in my own sincere and feeble soul. Around me the branches of trees reach out toward the firmament, here are sweet-scented flowers smiling in the meadow, here the soft earth is carpeted with sweet herbs. … Nature invites its ephemeral and trembling travelers to experience these wonderful and disturbing spectacles — that is what I call prayer.
As quoted in The Life of the Creative Spirit (2001) by H. Charles Romesburg, p. 240
Contexto: I do not practise religion in accordance with the sacred rites. I have made mysterious Nature my religion. I do not believe that a man is any nearer to God for being clad in priestly garments, nor that one place in a town is better adapted to meditation than another. When I gaze at a sunset sky and spend hours contemplating its marvelous ever-changing beauty, an extraordinary emotion overwhelms me. Nature in all its vastness is truthfully reflected in my sincere though feeble soul. Around me are the trees stretching up their branches to the skies, the perfumed flowers gladdening the meadow, the gentle grass-carpetted earth, … and my hands unconsciously assume an attitude of adoration. … To feel the supreme and moving beauty of the spectacle to which Nature invites her ephemeral guests! … that is what I call prayer.

„Music is a mysterious mathematical process whose elements are part of Infinity. … There is nothing more musical than a sunset.“

—  Claude Debussy

As quoted in The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music (1996) by Don Michael Randel
Contexto: Music is a mysterious mathematical process whose elements are part of Infinity. … There is nothing more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little — the book of Nature.

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