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Claude Debussy:
Music Composed for Children

A lot of classical music was written just for kids. Peter and the Wolf is just the beginning -- there are also pieces based on children's books, toys, games, and more.

Other shows about Claude Debussy:
About Claude Debussy
The Children's Corner
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.

See other composers born in France


This Week's Quiz:

1. Who wrote Peter and the Wolf?

Felix Mendelssohn

Sergei Prokofiev

Maurice Ravel

Claude Debussy

2.Which piece is NOT a composition for children?

Mother Goose


Fantastic Toyshop

La Mer

3. The name of Maurice Ravel's piece for chidren is

Mother Goose

Soldiers March

Carnival of the Animals



Claude Debussy
Children's Corner Suite

Composed in 1908
Performed by
Francois-Joel Thioller, piano

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