The French composer Achille-Claude Debussy is honoured with an animated Google doodle as he celebrates his 151 birthday. The elaborate short animation takes you on a trip down the river past factories and people strolling all set to the well known composition, Clair de lune (Moonlight).
Claude Debussy started off at the age of 10 as a brilliant student winning prizes for compositions at the Paris Conservatoire de Musique. He like was different from musicians because he did not follow the rules. Instead he clustered notes together. He soon was well known and was called to work for the Russian socialite Madame Nadezhda von meck. Debussy also was well known for his relationships with women. He had affairs causing previous women to attempt suicide with the exception of Therese Roger. His other major works include Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, 1894), the opera Pelléas et Mélisande (1902), and La Mer (The Sea, 1905). Debussy was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on 22 August 1862. In 1884, aged just 22, he won the Grand Prix de Rome with his cantata L’Enfant prodigue (The Prodigal Child). Debussy’s new style of music helped to open the door for jazz. Debussy died of cancer.