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Claude Debussy
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    (August 22, 1862-March 25, 1918)
    Birth name was Achille-Claude Debussy
    Wrote ‘Clair de lune (1890),’ ‘Pelléas and Mélisande (1893),’ ‘Prelude à l’apres-midi d’un faune (1894),’ ‘Nocturnes (1897),’ ‘La Mer (1903)’ and many pieces for piano
    Composed in the ‘Impressionistic’ style
    He was crabby and asocial.
    He was a terrible pianist.
    He married a woman he didn’t love and then cheated on her.
    When his wife attempted suicide, he wrote her a letter calling her a whore.
    He viciously criticized the famous composer Richard Wagner.
    Some find his compositions too sleepy and boring.
    A fellow composer said of his music: ‘Better not listen to it – you risk getting used to it, and then you might end up liking it.’
    His music is still popular today.
    Despite being a crappy pianist, he became one of the most famous piano composers in history.
    He suffered from rectal cancer.
    He died as Paris was being attacked by the Germans.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro

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