CLAUDE DEBUSSY. CLAUDE DEBUSSY. Born: August 22, 1862 in Saint- Germain Germain -en- Laye Died: March 25, 1918 in Paris Best known for: Embracing nontraditional scales and tonal structures one of the most highly regarded composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries
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1882: Debussy completes Fantoches on a poem by Paul Verlaine in the latter's Fêtes galantes
His first published work: Nuitd'étoiles on a poem by Banville, published by Société
artistiqued'éditiond'estampes et de musique (E. Bulla). En Sourdine (1st version) and
Mandolineon poems by Verlaine.
1912: The last orchestral work by Debussy, Ballet Jeuxwritten for Sergei Diaghily’s Ballets
Russes, contains some of his strangest harmonies and textures in a form that moves
freely over its own field of motivic connection
1915: Two last volumes of works for the piano, the Etudes.