Claude Debussy

(1862 - 1918)

and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed.

Debussy was experimental from the outset, favouring dissonances and intervals that were not taught at the Academy. Lik