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Debussy: “You know how little love I have for developmental padding. It’s seen long service at the hands of the masters and it’s time we started to replace it by a more rigorous selection of ideas; the line needs to take more account of the value of those ideas on the orchestral and ornamental front and, above all, the ideas must breathe. So often they’re overwhelmed by the richness or the banality of the frame (…) Collect impressions. Don’t be in a hurry to write them down. Because that’s something music can do better than painting: it can centralize variations of colour and light within a single picture – a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is…” (from a letter to his stepson)

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