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Debussy: La Mer

Claude Debussy
B. August 22, 1862 in St. Germaine-en-Laye, France
D. March 25, 1918 in Paris, France

Throughout most of Debussy’s career, he acknowledged Wagner’s influence on his music. Debussy made a pilgrimage to Wagner’s opera house in Bayreuth, and his own opera Pelleas et Mélisande is characteristically Wagnerian it its conception and composition. Debussy once commented about his difficulty avoiding “the ghost of old Klingsor (the evil wizard in Parsifal, who was characterized by highly chromatic music which stretched the bounds of tonal practice)…appearing at the turning of a bar.” La Mer thus presents a fascinating counterpoint to the Siegfried Idyll. READ MORE

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