Debussy: Claude. Sheet Music and Biography

By | June 2, 2020

Debussy Sheet Music

Black and White photograph of Claude Debussy taken in 1908 aged 46
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy was a French composer. He was one of the most influential composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

You can download many of Debussy’s popular classical sheet music such as Arabesque No.1, La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin, Reverie and Suite Bergamasque 03 Clair de Lune.

He wasn’t born into a wealthy household. It was through his incredible talent alone that enabled him to get into the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of ten.

Debussy Quick Facts

  1. Achille-Claude was born on 22 August 1862 and died aged fifty-five of colorectal cancer on 25 March 1918. 
  2. He started playing the piano at the age of seven and it was obvious by the age of nine that he had a gift.
  3. Many composers come from musical backgrounds however his mother was a seamstress and his father owned a china shop.
  4. He is often referred to as a Symbolist and Impressionist composer however Achille-Claude strongly disagreed with this.
  5. He won the prestigious Prix de Rome which entailed a four-year residency at the Académie de France in Rome at Villa Medici. He was very unhappy there and at times was unable to compose.
  6. Debussy revised Chopin’s work for the music publisher Durand.
  7. He is described by many as being one of the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th century.
  8. Debussy was a bit of a ‘player’ with the ladies as most of his relationships started before the previous one had ended!
  9. During the later stages of his life Debussy had an alter ego called Monsieur Croche.  He expressed his cutting views of composers, audiences,  institutions and musical politics.  After his death this collation of articles was published into a book.  This was something Debussy had planned to do himself.
  10. Claude Debussy died on the 5th March 2018, four days after the first shots were fired at the Battle of the Somme.  On the day of the funeral, the streets of Paris were empty as the Germans invaded.

Debussy Quotes

Music is the silence between the notes”.

“We must agree that the beauty of a work of art will always remain a mystery […] we can never be absolutely sure ‘how it’s made.’ We must at all costs preserve this magic which is peculiar to music and to which music, by its nature, is of all the arts the most receptive.”

About Chopin “the greatest of them all, for through the piano he discovered everything.”

“Debussy’s great service to music was to reawaken among all musicians an awareness of harmony and its possibilities”. Bartok

Works

Clair de Lune is one of Debussy’s most famous works, so beautiful and relaxing. It certainly takes you to a serene place, cementing the association with the label of an impressionist composer. Click on the link below to listen.

Other famous pieces include Prélude à L’après-midi d’un faune; La Mer, La Cathédrale engloutie, Syrinx, Sonata for flute, viola and harp and there are many more.

Debussy Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

We have over ninety arrangements for you of Claude Debussy sheet music in PDF format for you to download.

For further information on Claude Debussy visit Wikipedia and Biography.