Quotes by French Composer Claude Debussy




Music is the space between the notes. Claude Debussy

Art is the most beautiful of all lies. Claude Debussy
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A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn. Claude Debussy

Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light. Claude Debussy

People come to music to seek oblivion: is that not also a form of deception? Claude Debussy

I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. Claude Debussy

Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art. Claude Debussy
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How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling. Claude Debussy

Collect impressions. Don Claude Debussy

Do not allow the accents in the brass to produce space between the notes. Claude Debussy

In opera, there is always too much singing. Claude Debussy

First of all, ladies and gentlemen, you must forget that you are singers. Claude Debussy

Music is the silence between the notes. Claude Debussy

I wish to sing of my interior visions with the naive candour of a child. Claude Debussy

Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes. Claude Debussy

There is nothing is more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little - the book of Nature. Claude Debussy

There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law. I love music passionately. And because l love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. It is a free art gushing forth, an open-air art boundless as the elements, the wind, the sky, the sea. It must never be shut in and become an academic art. Claude Debussy
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The attraction of the virtuoso for the public is very like that of the circus for the crowd. There is always the hope that something dangerous will happen. Claude Debussy

The century of airplanes has a right to its own music. Claude Debussy

Some people wish above all to conform to the rules, I wish only to render what I can hear. There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law. Claude Debussy


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