Claude-Achille Debussy, one of the world’s greatest composers, was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on the 22nd of August in 1862. He is best known for his contributions to impressionist music. His rich and easily distinguishable chord progressions have made a lasting impression on the European musical landscape.
Debussy’s main instrument was piano. His compositions for piano include famous works, such as the Deux Arabesques, Children’s Corner Suite, Préludes and Suite Bergamasque. His orchestral works have not lost their charm either: Debussy’s orchestral composition La Mer (The Sea) is still frequently performed around the world.
Debussy was a daring composer. He stood up against the normative ways offered by the different musical institutes he attended during his life. He is known for not staying in just one pitch for the whole duration of his compositions but rather exploring music more freely. His compositions are often missing chord progression releases, which created previously unheard musical imagery. Despite not following his contemporary musical theorists’ advice, some of his compositions have been found to have a highly mathematical structure.
At times Debussy suffered from depression which disabled him as a composer. His love life included marriages and lovers — changes in his private life and emotions are reflected in his music.
La nuit d’étoiles is one of Debussy’s earlier composositions which he finished at the age of 22. This timeless, beautiful piece is performed by the Belgian-born Dutch soprano Hélène Ludolph on a recording from the 1930s.