Before Claude Debussy said that in a 1910 interview, he demonstrated it in his compositions. In what might be called his quiet revolution, Debussy consciously shed his attraction to the music of Wagner and wrote music that eschewed traditional form and development in favor of music with a new color and mood. Clair de Lune, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and Pelléas et Mélisande are examples. He was working toward that in 1893 with his only String Quartet. It's today's Midday Masterpiece at 2:00 pm.
September 23, 2022