(1862-1819) A French composer of “Impressionist” music, and a central figure in European music at the turn of the twentieth century. Debussy was deeply inspired by and an active participant in the symbolist movement. His composition Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, based on a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, expressed Debussy’s commitment to the unity of the arts and elevated him to one of the leading composers of the era.
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