Claude Debussy Influenced by Symbolism

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Jeunes Filles au Bord de la Mer (Young Girls on the Edge of the Sea), 1879, Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Jeunes Filles au Bord de la Mer (Young Girls on the Edge of the Sea), 1879, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Debussy’s music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of nontraditional tonalities.[6] The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant.1

Distinct from, but related to, the style of literature, symbolism of art is related to the gothic component of Romanticism.2

Sources:

  1. Claude Debussy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Debussy
  2. Symbolism (arts) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolism_(arts)#The_Symbolist_Manifesto
  3. Kathia Buniatishvili – Claude Debussy: Clair de lune – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBl2ClXzt3U

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