(Achille) Claude Debussy ( 22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918 ) 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. He took many years to develop his mature style, and was nearly 40 when he achieved international fame in 1902 with the only opera he completed, Pelléas et Mélisande.

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  • Pelléas et Mélisande (2016)

    Pelléas et Mélisande by C. Debussy, from Oper Zürich, performed at Zurich Opera House, 2016. Directed by Dimitry Tcherniakov, conductor Alain Altinoglu, starring Jacques Imbrailo, Corinne Winters, Kyle Ketelsen, Brindley Sherratt, Yvonne Naef, Damien Göritz, Charles Dekeyser, Father of Pelléas. P...

  • Debussy: Violin Sonata; Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1; F.A.E. Sonata - (2018)

    Debussy: Violin Sonata; Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1; F.A.E. Sonata - Scherzo; Franck: Violin Sonata by C. Debussy, J. Brahms and C. Franck, from Verbier Festival, performed at Verbier Church, 2018. Starring Kristóf Baráti,Lucas Debargue.

  • Piano Concerto No.17;Debussy:La Mer The Firebird Concert Suite (1919 Version)

    Piano Concerto No. 17; Debussy: La Mer; The Firebird Concert Suite (1919 Version) by W.A. Mozart, C. Debussy and I. Stravinsky, from Lucerne Festival, performed at KKL Luzern, Concert Hall, 2019. Conductor Andris Nelsons, starring Martin Helmchen.