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1 Even though he grew up in France being a painter was more accepted than being a composer His father thought that he would become a sailor He had all the tools for a painter but he was said to have having a musical ear but of Debussy it could be said that he had the finest musical eye of any composer Brown 16 Claude Debussy is one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century loved by many people of different musical tastes From his early childhood many people recognized his love of music knowing that he was ready and willing to be a successful musician Making people love and appreciate the deeper side of music was one of his personal goal but not the only goal Due to Claudes determination passion rebelliousness and sufferings he changed the way many people approach music today Achille-Claude Debussy was born in St Germain-en-Laye on August 22 1862 He remained silent throughout his childhood maintaining a level of secrecy that no one could understand Many believe that he was ashamed of his background but no one has solid evidence He wasnt baptized into the church until 1864 leaving room for some speculation Out of the mystery have arisen vague questionings and inferences as to Debussys parentage for which no sensible basis can be found Thompson 34 It wasnt until he reached the age of seven when he began taking piano lessons from Cerrutti who regarded him as nothing out of the ordinary Brown 16 Claude was regarded by many of his peers as an awkward and clumsy boy with a short fat appearance reinforced by fat little fingers He was even noted to be a shy and sociable outcast Brown 16 He gave music his all he never felt satisfied with his music He wanted to be the best but he could not figure out why he was struggling For the
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