Anthony Tommasini is now continuing his look at the great composers with the 20th century. The composer who is generally accepted to be the father of modern music is Claude Debussy. Debussy’s music may sound very pretty to us now, but at the time, it was positively revolutionary. He used scales which weren’t commonly used, such as the whole tone scale. He developed a whole new way of playing the piano which was revolutionary for the time. As Tommasini states, without Debussy, the achievements of composers all the way from Stravinsky to Boulez would have been impossible.
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