Five Facts You Didn’t Know About Debussy

The Mozarts, Beethovens, and Mendelssohns are all examples of legendary and multigenerational, classical music dynasties. Unlike the children in those families, who grew up with musicianship as a focal point in their lives, Debussy grew up in a poor, working-class family. His mother was a seamstress and his father owned a china shop. Claude Debussy’s passion and skill for music, however, was undeniable and the family made the sacrifices necessary to start him in piano lessons when he was seven years old.


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