(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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  • Sir S. Rattle - Music of the 20th Century - Ep. 3 - Colour (1996)

    "Written and presented by Sir Simon Rattle, the foremost British conductor of our day, this series forms a fascinating introduction to, and overview of, the music of the twentieth century. Each of the seven programmes feature over thirty minutes of specially-shot music in performance, with Rattle...

  • Pelléas et Mélisande (2016)

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  • Verbier Festival presents Kristóf Baráti & Lucas Debargue in Recital (2018)

    Violinist Kristóf Baráti and pianist Lucas Debargue perform C. Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano, J. Brahms' op. 78 Violin Sonata no. 1 in G major, C. Franck's Violin Sonata in A major, and J. Brahms' Scherzo in C minor. Performed as part of the Verbier Festival.

  • Lucerne Festival performs Mozart, Debussy & Stravinsky (2019)

    The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig performs C. Debussy's "La mer" and I. Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (1919 version). Pianist Martin Helmchen joins them to perform W.A. Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major (K. 453). Performed as part of the Lucerne Festival.

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    “Hans Zender belongs to the last of that generation of composers who drove the establishment of a new music after WWII. Modernity and tradition were the two strands of his artistic career, music, making, composition and reflexion on music were the leading subjects of his untiring mental activity....