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with host Fred Child

: Debussy's patriotic sonata

Claude Debussy Wikipedia

When war broke out in 1914, French composer Claude Debussy refused to go near a piano or compose any music; he said that France could neither laugh nor weep while so many of her sons were dying. As the war continued, however, Debussy decided to write music with an especially French feel as a way to "give proof, however small it may be...that French thought will not be annihilated." On Tuesday's Performance Today we'll hear Debussy's very French Sonata for Flute, Harp, and Viola from a concert in Oslo, Norway.