Claude Debussy

Fun Facts

  • Debussy was one of the first to master the incorporation of the chromatic scales in the Phrygian modes in his works.

  • Debussy only composed one opera, a five-act love story called Pelléas et Mélisande.

  • Although Debussy’s compositions were associated with “Impressionist” music, he hated that label to be applied to his work.

  • The Girl with the Flaxen Hair is one of Debussy's most-recorded compositions.

  • Debussy didn't come from a musical family: his father owned a china shop, and his mother was a seamstress.

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