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Ballets Russes

Georgia Mann explores facets of Debussy's Paris with a look at the arrival of Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes and a visit to the Art Deco Theatre des Champs-Elysees.

Georgia Mann explores facets of Debussy's Paris with a look at the arrival of Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes, and a visit to the Art Deco temple to the arts, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
Diaghalev and his Russians made a huge impact on the Parisian art world at the turn of the 20th century and one of the first composers Diaghilev sought to write a new ballet for his company was Debussy. A new, forward-looking theatre was required, a place that reflected modern thinking and modern ideas - a place such as the newly built Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on Paris's west side.

10 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Jeux

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Philips.

Broadcast

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