Shimmering summer heat, static impressions of nature and the daydreams of a mythical creature - with never before heard sound colours and a music of flowing transitions Claude Debussy (1862-1918) composed his revolutionary Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and thus introduced 1894 the Impressionism to the world of music.
The unmistakable sound of his compositions is made up of the most diverse ingredients, e.g. pentatonic, whole tone scales, French baroque music, preforms of jazz, salon music and folk music. At the Paris World Exhibition in 1889, he listened to Japanese and Javanese music, whose mood had a significant influence on his compositional development.
His only completed opera Pelléas et Mélisande belongs today to the standard repertoire of the great opera houses.
In addition to his choral and chamber music, the great orchestral work La Mer, the three-minute piece Syrinx pour flûte solo and famous piano pieces such as Deux Arabesques, Children’s Corner, Le petit nègre (Cakewalk) and Clair de Lune to the highlights of his oeuvre.
A selection of sheet Music by Debussy for you to browse: