Claude Debussy

In 1915, painfully missing the works of French composers from European stages, Debussy decided to revive characteristically French music.

His stalwartness was boosted by his horrification and disgust, similar to the feelings of his fellow countrymen, caused by the presence of Germain soldiers on the streets of Paris – he still had vivid memories of the horrors of the French-Prussian war four decades earlier. He was hoping that the real „musique francaise” reborn following the tracks of great predecessors, Rameau and Couperin could reinforce a bit the manhandled self-esteem of the French. He had planned six sonatas for various instruments but his aggravating illness let him finish three only. The third Sonata in G minor for violin and piano became the last finished piece of his life; the world premiere was held at the Salle Gaveau in Paris on May 5th, 1917. Debussy himself was sitting at the piano and he asked the wonderful young violinist, Gaston Poulet to be his partner. This work – as well as a sonata by César Franck and one by Bartók –  will be played by Attila Falvay and Balázs Fülei in the Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria on March 3rd.

Cover photo: Claude Debussy

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