Debussy and the Great War - OUPblog | Classical and digital music news | Scoop.it

By Eric Frederick Jensen.

When war was declared in the summer of 1914, Claude Debussy was fifty-one. Widely regarded as the greatest living French composer, he lived in Paris in a fashionable, elegant neighborhood near the Bois de Boulogne. Politics had never held much interest for him, and as the movement toward war increased in both France and Germany, Debussy’s focus was on more personal matters. He worried about his growing debt, a result of consistently living beyond his means. And he was frightened by his lack of productivity: in the past few years he’d produced only a handful of compositions. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/07/claude-debussy-and-the-great-war/#sthash.FBt2MN9I.dpuf


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