First Impressionist: The Style and Character of Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) invented the Impressionist style of Western art music. For this accomplishment, he is usually considered to be France’s greatest composer. Listening to his music is like hearing the auditory component of a unicorn’s dream about clouds. This is due to the fact that Debussy’s approach to composition was beset by vague suggestion and a tendency to wander without destination.

The Delicate Wizardry of Chopin

This blog post covers Polish piano virtuoso, Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849). Chopin had a very distinct piano style that was nothing like the pounding triumph and brilliant glory of Beethoven and nothing like the macho bravado and miraculous virtuosity of Franz Liszt. Instead, Chopin’s piano style possessed a different sort of virtuosity, one marked by a delicate and soft touch.

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