Claude Debussy

Quick Facts

  • One of the most influential French composers
  • Sometimes called the first Impressionist composer (though Debussy did not like that description)
  • His music pushed the boundaries of melody and harmony.
  • He wrote instrument parts (in the orchestra) that had the instruments play differently than they had in the past.
  • Born in suburb of Paris
  • Was so good at playing piano that at the age of 10, he was allowed to enter the junior department of the Paris Conservatory


  • Debussy poster (PDF)

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