Composer of the Week!

Here you can read about our featured Composer of the Week. Each week we showcase a different composer, with some information about their life and work and some suggested listening. See below for this week’s feature…


Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Debussy was one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. His music is highly distinctive mainly due to his harmonic language, moving away from traditional scales and tonal structures and this redefined the use and exploration of harmony in European classical music at the time.  Debussy was hugely successful in the many genres of classical music that he explored, from orchestral works to opera, solo instrumental works and his many beautiful songs.

Perfect for Prayer: ‘Réverie’ for solo piano

Pieces for Study: listen to Debussy’s iconic ‘Prelude à l’apres midi d’un faune’ (prelude to the afternoon of the faun)

For a quick listen: ‘En Sourdine’ from Les Fêtes Galantes, this piece is very atmospheric and the title relates to the ‘muted’ surroundings in the half light of day.

Or try Debussy’s most well-known piece, ‘Clair de Lune’ from the Suite Bergamasque for piano

Want to hear more? Try another of Debussy’s orchestral works, ‘La Mer’


Previous ‘Composer of the Week’ features include;

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Kaija Saariaho
  • Henry Purcell
  • Sir George Benjamin
  • Franz Schubert
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Unsuk Chin
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Gabriel Fauré

View them in our Composer of the Week Archive.