At age 10, entered the Paris Conservatory School of Music.
Began composing at age 8 w/o formal training Forced to leave Berlin, as a Jew
Wrote 3 songs for Shakespeare.
Aleatoric= some elements are left up to chance. Pioneered electronic music and experimented unconventionally with instruments. Originally did not want to do music. Placed metal sheet over a piano to create new sounds. Imaginary Landscape No. 1
Father sent two bands marching around a park blaring different tunes, to see what it sounds like when they approached and passed. Four violin sonatas. Decoration Day Never had true public exposure. The Universe= The unanswered question.
One of the most prominent figures in the Impressionist music movement.
Influenced by Bayreuth and Javanese music.
Music revolved around one key or pitch.
Focused on Romantic music throughout his life.
“ I am sure the institute would not approve, for naturally, it regard the path which it ordains as the only right one. But there is no help for it! I am too enamoured of my freedom, too fond of my own ideas.” – Claude Debussy