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Becker Myles Becker MUMH 3010 10/4/08 Claude Debussy “The Afternoon of a Faun” Claude Debussy is a French composer who was considered one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music. Some say his music virtually defines the transition from late-Romantic music to modernist music. The style of this period was Symbolism which directly inspired Debussy as a cultural participant and as a composer. He was born in St. Germain-en-Laye in 1862 and began piano lessons at age seven. By the time he was eleven; his talents became evident, which he then entered the Paris Conservatoire where he would spend twelve years. In his time there, he would go on to study composition with Ernest Guiraud, and harmony with Emile Durand, as well as many other prominent figures. One of Debussy’s first significant pieces of work was “ Prelude a l’apres-midi d'un faune ,” which in English translates to “The Afternoon of a Faun.” After taking much time to find a piece in which I would write this paper over, I stumbled upon this piece by Debussy. It immediately caught my eye, and my attention. To be completely honest, I find most of the 20 th Century music pieces boring and don’t really understand them as most others might. Although, after hearing this piece, I began to listen to some of
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