Johann Friedrich Fasch was born on April 15, 1688, in Buttelstedt, a small town in present-day Germany. His early exposure to music came from his father, who served as a schoolteacher and a Kantor. Recognizing his son's musical talent, Fasch's father provided him with a solid musical education. Young Fasch quickly mastered the violin and keyboard instruments, and his remarkable progress caught the attention of local musicians and composers. In pursuit of further musical education, Fasch left his hometown and studied at the famous Thomasschule in Leipzig. There, he had the privilege of witnessing the genius of Johann Kuhnau, who served as the Thomaskantor and inspired Fasch with his remarkable compositions. Fasch's time in Leipzig laid the foundation for his future endeavors and molded him into a skilled composer and musician.
Claude Debussy was born on August 22, 1862, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. From an early age, he displayed remarkable talent in music, often experimenting with the piano at his family's modest home. Recognizing his potential, his parents enrolled him in the Paris Conservatoire at the age of ten, where he studied piano, composition, and music theory. During his time at the Conservatoire, Debussy was exposed to a wide range of musical styles. He developed a particular fondness for the works of Wagner and Russian composers such as Mussorgsky and Borodin, which greatly influenced his own compositions in later years.