Claude Debussy and the Piano

Claude Debussy playing the piano at Ernest Chausson 's home. Claude Debussy was one of the greatest composers of piano music. The "Pianoforte" (soft-loud) as is its original Italian name, evolved from the harpsichord during the 18th century. Only in the next century, however, did it grow in size, wealth and tonal power. Beethoven , Schumann , Chopin , Liszt and Brahms wrote their best compositions for it. At the time of Debussy, that is, at the beginning of the 20th century, the piano had reached the peak of its development. Debussy took full advantage of this fact, writing music that made full use of the spectrum of the keyboard and the dynamics of the piano (the degree of softness and intensity).  He also used the pedals in a special way, giving duration to certain notes or chords at the same time as others are played, thus mixing their sounds. In this way he utilized the piano as the composers before him had not even imagined. Some of his pianistic compositions, with

Franz Liszt - Consolations in E Major and D flat Major

Mozart - The restless genius

Handel - Water Music, Suite I in F major (HWV 348)

Bedřich Smetana - String Quartet No. 1 in E minor


Joseph Haydn - String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor"

Maurice Ravel - Valses nobles et sentimentales

Claude Debussy - "Jardins sous la pluie" (Estampes)

Anton Bruckner - Introduction

Johann Strauss II - "Frühlingsstimmen", Op. 410 ("Voices of Spring")

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, "Autumn" (L'autunno)

Joseph Haydn - a self-made genius

Robert Schumann - Famous works

Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F Major - Allegretto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550