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Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is remembered for some of the most sumptuous, instantly recognizable compositions in the western canon, and is associated particularly with programmatic music and impressionism. However, “perplexing for the musicologist,” writes Simon Trezise, “were the many contradictions in his character, which ranged from rebellious and anti-establishment to snooty, racist, and exclusive”[1]. An indication of the proud Frenchman’s attitudes toward alien races may be had from this passage of Robert Orledge’s essay “Debussy the Man”:

It is doubtful if Debussy’s views were any more sexist or racist than the rest of his politically incorrect generation. Both aspects reached their nadir in his strained relations with the exotic dancer Maud Allan, who had commissioned the ballet Khamma in 1910 and persisted with her irrational demands for Debussy to make the score he had sent her both twice as long and scored for half as many players. Apart from…

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