Claude-Achille Debussy

Claude-Achille Debussy

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Claude-Achille Debussy

Claude-Achille Debussy

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. . . a flash of the will that can, Existent behind all laws . . .

R. BROWNING.

WHEN as a youth M. Debussy was serving with his regiment at Evreux, according to his own statement he took great delight in listening to the overtones of bugles and bells. The former sounded over the camp for the various military duties; the latter belonged to a neighbouring convent, and rang out daily the hours of ritual and divine office. The sonorous resonances of the bugles and the far-reaching vibrations of the bells, falling upon the sensitive ear of the young musician in the shape of upper partial tones or harmonics, were keenly observed by him and annotated for future use. It is his application of the laws of harmony to these infinitely complicated intervals and his frequent employment of them in his compositions, unrelated and unresolved, that has partly earned him the title of revolutionist from a section of the public opposed to all artistic progress and evolution. But as M. de la Laurencie has aptly expressed it, "A revolution is merely an . . .

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