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Claude Debussy:
About Claude Debussy

Even when he was young, Claude Debussy loved to experiment with new sounds. That got him into trouble when he was a student at the Paris Conservatory, but it turned out to be a good thing when he grew up. Inspired by Impressionist poets and visual artists around him, Debussy created Impressionism in music.

Other shows about Claude Debussy:
The Children's Corner
Music Composed for Children
Non-Dancing Music Based on Dances

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About Claude Debussy
8/22/1862 - 3/25/1918
Born in France

Claude Debussy really had a double first name: Achille-Claude. He was born in a suburb of Paris, and it was his aunt who first noticed how musical he was. She got him started taking piano lessons. When he was only ten, Debussy started studying at the very strict Paris Conservatory.

As a child, Debussy was fascinated by visual art, and as he grew up, he loved the new style called "Impressionism." Instead of painting realistic, lifelike paintings with hard outlines, Impressionists used thousands of dots, or many different shades of color to create the "impression" of what they wanted to depict. Debussy took that idea and applied it to music, creating Impressionism in music.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. Debussy was born in what country?






2.The style of music that Debussy created was called





3. Debussy liked to experiment with the strict rules of composition.




Claude Debussy
Children's Corner Suite

Composed in 1908
Performed by
Francois-Joel Thioller, piano

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