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Claude Debussy (1862–1918): L'ISLE JOYEUSE
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano. Debussy: The Complete Works For Solo Piano, Vol. 1 (London)
Claude Debussy was entrenched in upper-class Parisian society, and many of his works premiered not on the concert stage, but rather in a small venue of elites. His piano piece L'isle joyeuse, for instance, premiered in 1905 at the weekly salon of Madame Marguerite de Saint-Marceaux. These salons were private events, attended by the best musicians, writers, sculptors, and painters in French society. These upper-class Parisians at the turn of the century shared many of the same unique tastes. Scholars have shown that both Madame Saint-Marceaux and Monsieur Debussy both had an admiration for the Rococo paintings of Antoine Watteau. Watteau's fête galante style, depicting stylish people in outdoor settings, appealed to salon culture. And Debussy's L'Isle Joyeuse was directly based on Watteau's fête galante painting entitled The Embarkation for Cythera.