Today the sun is out at my home in Florida and the world looks better all around. It seems to me a time to lean back and enjoy the weekend with some beautiful music by composer Claude Debussy.
” Debussy was born into a poor family in France in 1862, but his obvious gift at the piano sent him to the Paris Conservatory at age 11. At age 22, he won the Prix de Rome, which financed two years of further musical study in the Italian capital. After the turn of the century, Debussy established himself as the leading figure of French music. His death (age 55) occurred in the midst of the aerial and artillery bombardment of Paris during the German Spring Offensive of World War I. The funeral procession made its way through deserted streets to Pere Lachaise Cemetery as the German guns bombarded the city. The military situation in France was critical, and did not permit the honour of a public funeral with ceremonious graveside orations. Debussy’s body was reinterred the following year in the small Passy Cemetery sequestered behind the Trocadero, fulfilling his wish to rest ‘among the trees and the birds’; his wife and daughter are buried with him.”
One of his most loved compositions is Clair de Lune (Clair de Lune is French for moonlight) performed on the video below.