The french composer Claude Debussy was born on August 22nd, 1862 – 151 years ago. Google honors him with an amazing doodle. It’s a kind of music-video animation. It’s 2:12 min long – and in a french and romantic was it feels impressionistic. The song is: „Clair du lune“ („Moonlight“, 1890). It’s the third movement of Suite bergamasque – a piano depiction of a Paul Verlaine poem. First the doodle as a youtube-video and then the complete poem:
Your soul is a chosen landscape
Where charming masqueraders and bergamaskers go
Playing the lute and dancing and almost
Sad beneath their fanciful disguises.
All sing in a minor key
Of victorious love and the opportune life,
They do not seem to believe in their happiness
And their song mingles with the moonlight,
With the still moonlight, sad and beautiful,
That sets the birds dreaming in the trees
And the fountains sobbing in ecstasy,
The tall slender fountains among marble statues.
Debussy’s music is noted for its sensory component and frequent eschewing of tonality. Debussy’s work usually reflected the activities or turbulence in his own life. In French literary circles, the style of this period was known as symbolism, a movement that directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant.
More about his life and works on Wikipedia.