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Claude Debussy:
Non-Dancing Music Based on Dances


The last movement of Claude Debussy's Children's Corner is a cakewalk -- a dance done by African-American slaves on plantations. But Debussy didn't intend for anyone to dance to his cakewalk. Lots of other composers wrote music that wasn't meant for dancing, even though it was based on dances.

Other shows about Claude Debussy:
About Claude Debussy
The Children's Corner
Music Composed for Children

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About Claude Debussy
8/22/1862 - 3/25/1918
Born in France

Claude Debussy really had a double first name: Achille-Claude. He was born in a suburb of Paris, and it was his aunt who first noticed how musical he was. She got him started taking piano lessons. When he was only ten, Debussy started studying at the very strict Paris Conservatory.

As a child, Debussy was fascinated by visual art, and as he grew up, he loved the new style called "Impressionism." Instead of painting realistic, lifelike paintings with hard outlines, Impressionists used thousands of dots, or many different shades of color to create the "impression" of what they wanted to depict. Debussy took that idea and applied it to music, creating Impressionism in music.

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Claude Debussy
Children's Corner Suite


Composed in 1908
Performed by
Francois-Joel Thioller, piano

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