Debussy: Arabesque No 1

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Having seen the violinist Ysaÿe play Bach in 1901, Debussy wrote admiringly about his mastery of ‘the musical arabesque

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Having seen the violinist Ysaÿe play Bach in 1901, Debussy wrote admiringly about his mastery of ‘the musical arabesque, or rather the principle of ornament which underlies all modes of art’: a cardinal principle in his own music too.