Claude Debussy (born Achille-Claude Debussy) was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His mature compositions, distinctive and appealing, combined modernism and sensuality so successfully that their sheer beauty often obscures their technical innovation. Debussy is considered the founder and leading exponent of musical Impressionism (although he resisted the label), and his adoption of non-traditional scales and tonal structures was paradigmatic for many composers who followed. The son of a shopkeeper and a seamstress, Debussy began piano studies at the Paris Conservatory at the age of 11. While a student there, he encountered the wealthy Nadezhda von Meck (most famous as Tchaikovsky's patroness), who employed him as a music teacher to her children; through travel, concerts, and acquaintances, ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Sonata for cello & piano, L. 144 (135) 1915 11:34 Chamber Music
Arabesques (2) for piano, L. 74 (66) 1888 07:00 Keyboard
Suite bergamasque, for piano, L. 82 (75) 1890 15:48 Keyboard
Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 131 (123) 1910 28:08 Keyboard
La Mer, symphonic sketches (3) for orchestra, L. 111 (109) 1903 22:55 Orchestral
Sonate en trio, for flute, viola & harp, L. 145 (137) 1915 17:19 Chamber Music
Sonata for violin & piano, L. 148 (140) 1916 13:06 Chamber Music
String Quartet, L. 91 (85) (Op. 10) 1893 25:02 Chamber Music
Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 125 (117) 1907 28:53 Keyboard
Nocturnes, for female chorus & orchestra, L. 98 (91) 1897 23:51 Orchestral
Pelléas et Mélisande, opera in 5 acts, L. 93 (88) 1893 02:40:48 Opera
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 87 (86) 1894 09:53 Orchestral
Estampes, for piano, L. 108 (100) 1903 13:02 Keyboard
Jeux, ballet, L. 133 (126) 1912 17:32 Ballet
La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 125/8 (117/8) 1910 02:40 Keyboard
Pour le piano, suite for piano, L. 95 1894 12:21 Keyboard
Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 82/3 (75/3) 1890 04:51 Keyboard Orchestral
Children's Corner, suite for piano (or orchestra), L. 119 (113) 1906 14:09 Keyboard
L'isle joyeuse, for piano, L. 109 (106) 1904 05:57 Keyboard
Images (6), for piano, Sets I & II, L. 105 (110) & L. 120 (111) 1905 27:56 Keyboard
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