- “Music cannot be learned”, a Film by Georges Gachot
Composer Claude Debussy was born in St. Germain-en Laye, a few miles outside Paris, in 1862. As a pupil at the Paris Conservatoire, he composed music that did not conform to the music theory that was followed during the times.
Debussy contradicted his teachers by claiming that listening pleasure was the only valid role of music, and that music could not be learned. Debussy was to become one of the greatest French composers, creating works that opened entirely new musical horizons for the listener.
The film features the following music:
- Children’s Corner, as performed by Zoltán Kocsis (piano)
This fascinating documentary gives deep insights into the life of Claude Debussy, based on reports by those who encountered him such as Eric Satie, Marguerite Long, and others.
Filmmaker Georges Gachot is famous for his portraits of artists and musicians, and he is the winner of the prestigious “Prix Italia”.
This documentary includes 3 language versions (English, German, French)
Here is a video that provides more background on this film:
And next, here is ARTURO BENEDETTI MICHELANGELI, playing CLAUDE DEBUSSY’s “CHILDREN´S CORNER”:
Finally, here is Claude Debussy’s “Clair de lune” as performed by by Angela Hewitt:
Tags: Claude Debussy, Children’s Corner, Georges Gachot