Claude Debussy Quotes

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Claude Debussy Quotes

There is no theory. You merely have to listen. Pleasure is the law.
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Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.

— Claude Debussy

Music is the silence between the notes.

— Claude Debussy

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

Extreme complication is contrary to art.

— Claude Debussy

How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling.

— Claude Debussy

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

— Claude Debussy

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

— Claude Debussy

But music, don't you know, is a dream from which the veils have been lifted. It's not even the expression of a feeling, it's the feeling itself.

— Claude Debussy

Beauty seems to strike some people as a personal affront.

— Claude Debussy

The age of automobiles and aeroplanes cannot express itself in the same manner as did the age of the diligence.

— Claude Debussy

It is necessary to abandon yourself completely, and let the music do as it will with you. All people come to music to seek oblivion.

— Claude Debussy

When asked by a grumpily puzzled professor what "rules" he followed, Debussy is said to have retorted, mon plaisir "whatever I please" and he further claimed that more was to be gained by watching the sun rise than by listening to the Pastoral Symphony. Although such remarks were intended to shock, they contain a core of Debussyan verity ...

— Claude Debussy

Collect impressions. Don't be in a hurry to write them down. Because that's something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is.

— Claude Debussy

The music I desire must be supple enough to adapt itself to the lyrical effusions of the soul and the fantasy of dreams.

— Claude Debussy

Peter Townsend Music is the silence between the notes.. So could it be said that dance is the stillness between the steps?

— Claude Debussy

The trouble with the opera is there's always to much singing.

— Claude Debussy

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

— Claude Debussy

Inspiration and ideas only come to me when I have not had a woman in a very long time ... Ballads, polonaises, even a whole concerto may have been lost forever up your des durka, I can't tell you how many. I have been so deeply engulfed in my love for you I have hardly created anything.

— Claude Debussy

What I am trying to do is something different an effect of reality, but what some fools call Impressionism , a term that is usually misapplied, especially by the critics who don't hesitate to apply it to Turner , the greatest creator of mysterious effects in the whole world of art.

— Claude Debussy

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