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The best of French composers – and quite a cosmopolitan bunch they were too.
Claude Debussy – a crucial figure in the transition to the modern era in Western music – remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. ‘I absolutely love his symphonic poem, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, which was first performed in Paris in1894,’ says Katherine. ‘It seems to me to be just perfect with not a note out of place.’ This piece marked a turning point. The conductor Pierre Boulez says that "the flute of the faun brought new breath to the art of music."
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