Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities. adoc-photos/Corbis hide caption

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Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard

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Is Opera Ailing? A Conversation About The State Of The Art

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The young pianist Inon Barnatan plays Debussy and Ravel with striking assurance. Avie Records hide caption

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Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums

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Among all things official at the Olympics, like the flag, is music composed for the opening and closing ceremonies. Tony Duffy/Getty Images hide caption

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A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music

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