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Claude Achille Debussy

Claude Achille Debussy (Composer)

Born: 22nd August 1862, Saint Germain en Laye

Died: 25th March 1918, Paris

Nationality: French

(Achille) Claude Debussy was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Born to a family of modest means and little cultural involvement, Debussy showed enough musical talent to be admitted at the age of ten to France's leading music college, the Conservatoire de Paris. He originally studied the piano, but found his vocation in innovative composition, despite the disapproval of the Conservatoire's conservative professors.

Further Reading: Debussy

 Interview, Sir Mark Elder on Debussy

In the wake of his recording of Images and Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune with the Hallé, the conductor talks to Katherine about his relationship with Debussy's music, and Colin Matthews's evocative orchestrations of the piano Préludes.

 Recording of the Week, Víkingur Ólafsson performs piano music by Debussy and Rameau

The Icelandic pianist releases his third album on Deutsche Grammophon: an exquisitely-performed programme of music by Debussy and Rameau.

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