BOHEMIAN PERIOD -- PIERRE LOUŸS
"WHEN WILL THEY sing poems that are real poems, when will they write real cavatinas and duets worthy to be included in the anthologies among the sonnets and who will be our Quinaults,1 who will be our Hérédia2 and our new Mallarmés? And who, above all, will be the first to know how to rhyme a song in such a way that a composer would need to do nothing else than to transcribe and orchestrate it, as if it were made to order; who will write poems so perfect that music written for them will have the appearance of a discreet and servile partner and the work could, with pride, be called a lyric drama?"
This was written in a diary on October 17, 1890 "after an evening at the Opéra," but not by Debussy, as might be assumed. Three years earlier, at the age of seventeen, the same young man had written in his journal that he aspired to become "a somebody": either a man of letters, a musician, or an artist. And indeed, he was talented enough to choose any one of the three professions, or all three, if he so desired. Less than a decade later Pierre Louÿs became the well-known French man of letters, the author of the widely read and acclaimed Aphrodite, who exerted one of the most significant influences on Debussy, but who did not meet him until 1893.
Pierre-Félix Louÿs lost his mother at the age of nine and was____________________