Claude Debussy “Clair de Lune” honored with Google Doodle

Claude Debussy

Google celebrated the 151st anniversary of French composer Achille-Claude Debussy with an animated and musical doodle set to one of his best known pieces “Clair de Lune”.

Claude Debussy was born in Saint Germain-en-Laye on August 22nd 1862. He started taking piano lessons at an early age of seven.

The doodle featured a moonlit riverside scene with music playing in the background. In addition to this it also featured flashing street lights and houses which flickered on and off in time to the music, a windmill, shadows of cars, boats and cyclists passing by. The animated doodle ended with two people on different boats sharing a red umbrella while it is raining.

Debussy had a very strong influence in the music of 20th century. His style was reflected from his famous quote: “Music is the space between the notes”.

He used to experiment with his music. He was an exceptional pianist and could have had a successful career in playing Piano. He received a scholarship to the Academie des Beaux-Arts in 1884.

Debussy was often depressed and unable to compose music. He found his hope in Franz List whose command on keyboard he found admirable.

He was also influenced by a German composer Richard Wagner. The influence of the german composer is evident in some of the works of Debussy. Some of his major works include “Prelude al’apres-midi d’un faune”, the opera “Pelleas ET Melisande” and” La Mer”.

Debussy died of colon cancer in Bois-de-Boulogne on March 25th 1918 at the age of 55.