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Claude Debussy

Datum narození: 22. srpen 1862
Datum úmrtí: 25. březen 1918
Další jména: Claude A. Debussy, Claude Achille Debussy

Achille-Claude Debussy [ašij klód debysy] byl francouzský skladatel, původce a jeden z nejvýznamnějších představitelů hudebního impresionismu. Své umělecké názory sdílel s malíři a básníky, kteří se ve svých dílech snažili zachytit neopakovatelné okamžiky, prchavé vjemy a dojmy, nálady či barevné odstíny. Wikipedia

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Citát „Pocitem bezpečnosti každá láska reziví. Odstraňte pohodlí z lásky a bojujte všemi způsoby za uchování obdivu.“

„It is necessary to abandon yourself completely, and let the music do as it will with you.“

—  Claude Debussy

As quoted in The Cambridge Companion to Debussy (2003) by Simon Trezise, p. 120
Kontext: It is necessary to abandon yourself completely, and let the music do as it will with you. All people come to music to seek oblivion.

„I want no purely musical developments which are not called for inevitably by the text. In opera there is always too much singing. Music should be as swift and mobile as the words themselves.“

—  Claude Debussy

As quoted in Debussy (1989) by Paul Holmes, p. 36
Kontext: Music would take over at the point at which words become powerless, with the one and only object of expressing that which nothing but music could express. For this, I need a text by a poet who, resorting to discreet suggestion rather than full statement, will enable me to graft my dream upon his dream — who will give me plain human beings in a setting belonging to no particular period or country. … Then I do not wish my music to drown the words, nor to delay the course of the action. I want no purely musical developments which are not called for inevitably by the text. In opera there is always too much singing. Music should be as swift and mobile as the words themselves.

„Collect impressions. Don’t be in a hurry to write them down.“

—  Claude Debussy

Debussy in a letter to his pupil Raoul Bardac (1906)
Kontext: Collect impressions. Don’t be in a hurry to write them down. Because that’s something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture — a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is.

„Music should humbly seek to please; within these limits great beauty may perhaps be found.“

—  Claude Debussy

Quoted in French Music : From the Death of Berlioz to the Death of Fauré (1951) by Martin Cooper, p. 136, and in Debussy and Wagner (1979) by Robin Holloway, p. 207
Kontext: Music should humbly seek to please; within these limits great beauty may perhaps be found. Extreme complication is contrary to art. Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us or insinuate itself into us without any effort on our part.

„I confess that I am no longer thinking in musical terms, or at least not much, even though I believe with all my heart that Music remains for all time the finest means of expression we have.“

—  Claude Debussy

Letter to Paul Dukas (1901)
Kontext: I confess that I am no longer thinking in musical terms, or at least not much, even though I believe with all my heart that Music remains for all time the finest means of expression we have. It’s just that I find the actual pieces — whether they’re old or modern, which is in any case merely a matter of dates — so totally poverty-stricken, manifesting an inability to see beyond the work-table. They smell of the lamp, not of the sun. And then, overshadowing everything, there’s the desire to amaze one’s colleagues with arresting harmonies, quite unnecessary for the most part. In short, these days especially, music is devoid of emotional impact. I feel that, without descending to the level of the gossip column or the novel, it should be possible to solve the problem somehow. There’s no need either for music to make people think! … It would be enough if music could make people listen, despite themselves and despite their petty mundane troubles, and never mind if they’re incapable of expressing anything resembling an opinion. It would be enough if they could no longer recognize their own grey, dull faces, if they felt that for a moment they had been dreaming of an imaginary country, that’s to say, one that can’t be found on the map.

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