Western Kentucky University

The Fêtes Galantes of Claude Debussy

From 1882 through 1904, Claude Debussy composed three different song cycles entitled Fêtes Galantes. Known for his distinctive style, Debussy’s harmonies, text setting and visual contexts, inspired by Antoine Watteau’s paintings and Paul Verlaine’s poetry of the same title, are examined and reveal Debussy’s compositional journey from novice to master.

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