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Claude Debussy also known as Claude Achille Debussy - View Sheet Music for this Artist
  • a.k.a.: Claude Achille Debussy
  • French
  • 22nd August 1862 - 25th March 1918
  • You might know him for the music for the fountain scene in Ocean's 11 (Clair de Lune), founder of Impressionism in music

Born into a bourgeois home, Debussy's life is characterised by an unusual lack of struggle with which so many composers are burdened. Aged ten he entered the Paris Conservatory for ten years, which was followed by three years of study at the Villa de Medici in Rome. Aged 32 he published his first major orchestral work: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun), which raised his international profile considerably. His reputation for the use of unusual texture and disregard for conventional harmony was further enhanced with the performance of his first opera Pelléas et Mélisande. Debussy was struck down with cancer of which he died prematurely whilst German shells were bombarding Paris during the First World War.


Debussy is one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, with his innovations in harmony, tone colour, orchestration and rhythm advancing the fluidity of Western music and even influencing film music and jazz. Inspired by socialising with Impressionist poets and painters, Debussy became the founder of the Impressionist school of music. Impressionists are concerned with giving an impression of something, an outline, rather than a precise definition and thus avoid the direct, conventional and blatant way of description. An encounter with a Javanese Gamelan orchestra at the world fair in Paris (1889) exposed Debussy to pentatonic scales and unusual melodies and rhythm. This meeting is said to have further inspired Debussy to pursue his new techniques of orchestration and composition, and his approach may be best summed up by a comment to one of his students: Collect impressions. Don't be in a hurry to write them down. Because that's something music can do better than painting: it can centralise variations of colour and light within a single picture - a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is .

Debussy wrote many famous works that will be familiar to you probably not by title, but by their melodies. Some of these include: Ibéria, Préludes (I and II), Images (I and II), Children's Corner and Suite Bergamasque.

Song Title Arrangements Image
Apres Fortune Faite/ Epilogue 1
Piano
Apres Fortune Faite/ Epilogue
Arabesque 4
Piano
Arabesque
Arabesque 1 3
Piano
 
Arabesque No. 1 1
Piano
Arabesque No. 1
Arabesque No.1 3
Piano
Arabesque No.1
Berceuse Heroique 1
Piano
Berceuse Heroique
Canope, No.10 from Préludes Book 2 1
Piano
Canope, No.10 from Préludes Book 2
Clair De Lune (from Suite Bergamasque) 55
Piano, Lyrics & Chords, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Violin, Cello, Trombone, Guitar TAB, Viola, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Recorder, French Horn, Lead Sheet
Clair De Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)
Clair de Lune No. 3 from 'Suite Bergamasque' 1
Piano
Clair de Lune No. 3 from Suite Bergamasque
Danse Bohemienne 1
Piano
Danse Bohemienne
Danse Bohémienne 1
Piano
Danse Bohémienne
Danseuses De Delphes 1
Piano
Danseuses De Delphes
Danseuses De Delphes 1
Piano
Danseuses De Delphes
Danseuses de Delphes, No.1 from Préludes Book 1 1
Piano
 
Des Pas Sur La Neige 1
Piano
Des Pas Sur La Neige
Des Pas Sur La Neige (Footprints In The Snow) 1
Piano
Des Pas Sur La Neige (Footprints In The Snow)
Des pas sur la neige, No.6 (from 'Préludes Book 1') 1
Piano
Des pas sur la neige, No.6 (from Préludes Book 1)
Deux Arabesques 1
Piano
Deux Arabesques
Deuxieme Arabesque 1
Piano
Deuxieme Arabesque
Deuxième Arabesque 1
Piano
Deuxième Arabesque
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum 1
Piano
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum 2
Piano
Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
En Bateau 3
Piano
En Bateau
Estampes - III. Jardins Sous La Pluie 1
Piano
Estampes - III. Jardins Sous La Pluie
Feuilles Mortes (from 'Preludes Book 2') 1
Piano
Feuilles Mortes (from Preludes Book 2)
Golliwogg's Cake Walk 6
Piano, SATB
Golliwoggs Cake Walk
Golliwogg's Cake-walk 1
Piano
Golliwoggs Cake-walk
Golliwog's Cake-Walk (from Children's Corner) 1
Piano
Golliwogs Cake-Walk (from Childrens Corner)
Golliwog's Cakewalk (No.6 from 'Children's Corner') 1
Piano
Golliwogs Cakewalk (No.6 from Childrens Corner)
Général Lavine-eccentric, No.6 from Préludes Book II 1
Piano
Général Lavine-eccentric, No.6 from Préludes Book II
Hommage a Rameau 1
Piano
Hommage a Rameau
Jardins sous la pluie, Estampes No.3 1
Piano
Jardins sous la pluie, Estampes No.3
Jimbo's Lullaby from Children's Corner (from Learn As You Play Tuba) 1
Piano, Tuba
Jimbos Lullaby from Childrens Corner (from Learn As You Play Tuba)
Jimbo's Lullaby 1
Piano
Jimbos Lullaby
La Cathédrale Engloutie 6
Piano
 
La Cathedrale Engloutie 1
Piano
La Cathedrale Engloutie
La Cathédrale Engloutie 1
Piano
La Cathédrale Engloutie
La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin 14
Piano, String Quartet, Violin, Viola, Cello
La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin
La Fille Aux de Cheveux de Lin 1
Piano, Alto Saxophone
La Fille Aux de Cheveux de Lin
La Plus Que Lente 1
Piano
La Plus Que Lente
La Plus Que Lente 1
Piano
La Plus Que Lente
Le Petit Nègre 3
Piano
 
Le Petit Nègre 1
Piano
Le Petit Nègre
Mazurka 5
Piano, Violin
Mazurka
Minstrels 1
Piano
Minstrels
Minuet (From Suite Bergamasque) 1
Piano
Minuet (From Suite Bergamasque)
Moonlight (Clair de Lune) 1
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar
Moonlight (Clair de Lune)
Nocturne 1
Piano
Nocturne
Page D'Album 2
Piano
Page DAlbum
Passepied 3
Piano
Passepied
Passepied (From Suite Bergamasque) 2
Piano
Passepied (From Suite Bergamasque)
Petite Suite 1
Piano
Petite Suite
Pour Invoquer Pan, Dieu Du Vent D'été 1
Piano
Pour Invoquer Pan, Dieu Du Vent Dété
Prelude 1
Piano
Prelude
Prelude (Claude Debussy) 1
Piano
Prelude
Prélude from Suite Bergamasque 1
Piano
Prélude from Suite Bergamasque
Reflets Dans L'eau 1
Piano
Reflets Dans Leau
Reflets dans l'eau, No.1 from Images Book 1 1
Piano
Reflets dans leau, No.1 from Images Book 1
Rhapsody For Clarinet And Orchestra 1
Clarinet
Rhapsody For Clarinet And Orchestra
Rêverie (Claude Debussy) 15
Piano, Lyrics & Chords, Clarinet, Cello
Rêverie
Sarabande From 'Pour Le Piano' 1
Piano
Sarabande From Pour Le Piano
Sarabande, Pour Le Piano 1
Piano
Sarabande, Pour Le Piano
Serenade For The Doll 1
Piano
Serenade For The Doll
Serenade For The Doll (No.3 from 'Children's Corner') 1
Piano
Serenade For The Doll (No.3 from Childrens Corner)
String Quartet Op.10, 3rd Movement 1
Piano
String Quartet Op.10, 3rd Movement
The Little Shepherd 4
Piano
The Little Shepherd
The Little Shepherd from Children's Corner 3
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar
The Little Shepherd from Childrens Corner
The Little Shepherd (from Children's Corner) 1
Piano
The Little Shepherd (from Childrens Corner)
The Snow Is Dancing 1
Piano
The Snow Is Dancing
The snow is dancing, No.4 from Children's Corner 1
Piano
The snow is dancing, No.4 from Childrens Corner
Valse Romantique 3
Piano
Valse Romantique
Voiles 1
Piano
Voiles