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1. "We all shared an admiration of Debussy both as a musician and as sort of an icon for the 20th century. It seemed like an interesting idea to go right back 100 years to find the source of some new ideas now."
Author: Anne Dudley
2. "Do you think Duke Ellington didn't listen to Debussy? Louis Armstrong loved opera, did you know that? Name me a jazz pianist who wasn't influenced by European music!"
Author: Dave Brubeck
3. "When Debussy was seeming to get nowhere with an opera he was composing, he put it this way: "I spent my days pursuing the nothingness -le rien - it creates." My job is to create that void, that rien. Hunting knife"
Author: Haruki Murakami
4. "All that was a dream, you couldn't hold on, you couldn't depend on frosted glass and Debussy."
Author: Janet Fitch
5. "Nothing more then nothing can be said.We make our lives by what we love.Being American, having been trained to be sentimental, I fought for noises … when the war came along, I decided to use only quiet sounds. There seemed to me to be no truth, no good, in anything big.Somebody asked Debussy how he wrote music. He said: "I take all the tones there are, leave out he one's I don't want, and use all the others". Satie said: "When I was young, people told me; you'll see when you're fifty years old. Now I'm fifty. I've seen nothing".Slowly as the talk goes on, we are getting nowhere – and that is a pleasure.It is not irritating to be where one is, it is only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else.If anybody is sleepy, let him go to sleep.All I know about method is that when I'm not working I sometimes think I know something, but when I'm working, it is quit clear I know nothing."
Author: John Cage
6. "If you go to Japan for instance, you should know that they have a different way of playing Beethoven or Brahms. But if you play with them Mozart, Debussy, Mendelssohn, they have a wonderful light feeling for that."
Author: Kurt Masur
7. "For Debussy the musician and the man I have had profound admiration, but by nature I'm different from him. I think I have always personally followed a direction opposed to that of the symbolism of Debussy."
Author: Maurice Ravel
8. "The impressionists, Debussy, Faure, in France, did take a few steps forward."
Author: Pierre Schaeffer
9. "Although I am basically self taught, I consider Debussy my teacher - the most important elements are colour, light and shadow."
Author: Toru Takemitsu

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Il y a des gens qui savent expliquer ; d'autres, comme moi, ne font qu'ajouter davantage de flou à la trame inextricable de la réalité."
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