Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (photo: Tully Potter)
Born: 1862
Died: 1918

Debussy was among the most influential of all the 20th century’s composers. His lyrical gift, idiosyncratic harmonies, colours and rhythms, his preference for suggestion rather than direct statement, resulted in a sound world that was quite different from those of Brahms, Wagner and Tchaikovsky, whose music ruled the roost while he was struggling to become accepted.

Discover Debussy's life and music...

Top 10 Debussy recordings

Ten essential recordings to start exploring the works of Claude Debussy... Read more

Debussy: Playing with Colour

Debussy emancipated the orchestra, capitalising on its colours and freeing up its expressive potential. Geoffrey Norris talks to some of today’s leading Debussy interpreters about the ongoing resonance of his music... Read more

Classics reconsidered: Mitsuko Uchida's account of Debussy's Etudes

Bryce Morrison and Harriet Smith revisit the 1989 Philips recording of Debussy’s Etudes from Mitsuko Uchida... Read more

 

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