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Claude Debussy - The Musical Painter

The music of Claude Debussy is from the impressionist era.Daniele Franchi/Unsplash

YourClassical Adventures: Episode 61 - Sounds of Debussy


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November 20, 2021

Find out what the music of Claude Debussy sounds like, and explore all the pictures it can paint in your mind. Hear different examples of Debussy's music below.

Episode 61 playlist

Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun — One of Debussy’s most famous works and one of the first to be described as “impressionistic.”

LISTEN — Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Claude Debussy: "Nuages" from Nocturnes — “Nuages” is the French word for “clouds.” What kind of clouds do you think Debussy was writing about?

LISTENDebussy: "Nuages" from Nocturnes

Claude Debussy: Nocturnes No. 1. "Nuages"

Claude Debussy: Gardens in the Rain — Here's a fun piece he wrote about a lush garden wet with rain.

LISTENDebussy: Gardens in the Rain.

Claude Debussy: Estampes Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the Rain)

Claude Debussy: "Play of the Waves" from La Mer — Can you hear the parts of this piece that sound like calm, peaceful water? How about rough, choppy waves?

LISTENDebussy: "Play of the Waves" from La Mer

Claude Debussy: La Mer (The Sea) Jeux de vagues (Play of the Waves)

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