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Claude Debussy

Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, in 1862, Claude Debussy was the creator and leading exponent of French musical impressionism. At age ten, he entered the Paris Conservatory, where he studied piano with Antoine Francois Marmontel and composition with Ernest Guiraod. Over the next ten years, along with studies at the Conservatory, he traveled to Italy, Austria and Russia becoming acquainted with a wide range of music. In 1894, his cantata, The Prodigal Son, won the coveted Grand Prix de Rome. From 1887 on, Debussy confined his activity to composition, rarely appearing in public as a performer.