debussy, claude

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Debussy, Claude [(duh-byooh-see, deb-yoo-see, day-byoo-see)]

A French composer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, known for his free rhythms and indefinite keys. His music is often compared to the paintings of the impressionists (see impressionism). The piano piece “Claire de lune” (“Moonlight”) and the orchestra piece La Mer (The Sea) are two of Debussy's best-known works.

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