"La musique ne s'apprend pas"
composer Claude Debussy was born near Paris in 1862. As young pupil at the conservatory he
composed music, which did not at all correspond to the theory of that time.
He contradicted his teachers by claiming that pleasure is the only "legal" rule
in music and that the feeling for music can not be learned.
Nevertheless Debussy became one of the greatest French
composers. He created a music which changed the musical horizon tremendously.
The basis of this documentary are quotations from some of Debussy's companions; people who
met him and those who lived with him.
Directed by Georges Gachot
1999 Videotape 58 minutes