Claude Debussy


Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was a French composer most famous for his piano and orchestral music. Works like Clair de Lune have become piano standards while La Mer, with its unusual use of instruments and impressionistic use of waves of sounds instead of melodies, broke the mould of convention and ushered in the innovative music of modernism in the 20th century.

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  • 1862 - 1918
    Life of the French composer Claude Debussy.
  • 22 Aug 1862
    The composer Claude Debussy is born in St Germain-en-Laye.
  • Oct 1872
    Claude Debussy enters the Paris Conservatoire.
  • 1884
    Claude Debussy wins the Prix de Rome for his L’enfant prodigue cantata.
  • 1890
    Claude Debussy completes his Suite bergamasque, which includes Clair de Lune.
  • 1893
    Claude Debussy completes his String Quartet in G minor.
  • 1894
    Claude Debussy completes his symphonic poem Prélude à L'après-midi d’un faune.
  • 1899
    Claude Debussy completes his Nocturnes, an orchestral triptych.
  • Oct 1899
    Claude Debussy marries the artist’s model Rosalie (Lily) Texier.
  • Apr 1902
    Claude Debussy's opera Pelléas et Mélisande premieres in Paris’ Opera-Comique.
  • 1905
    Claude Debussy completes his symphonic sketch La Mer (The Sea).
  • Oct 1905
    Claude Debussy's daughter Claude-Emma, aka Chouchou, is born.
  • 20 Jan 1908
    The composer Claude Debussy marries Emma Bardac.
  • 1911
    Claude Debussy completes his ballet Khamma.
  • 1913
    Claude Debussy completes his ballet Jeux.
  • 25 Mar 1918
    The composer Claude Debussy dies in Paris of cancer.