No.24: Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 - 25 March 1918)
Debussy is one of the great and iconic French composers, and is essentially the Father of Impressionism in music. How is music impressionist? By focusing on ambiguity, and the sense of musical works as a whole instead of specific details, very loose programs, giving hints of ideas but making the audience put them together. Debussy’s strength was the recognition of individual subjectivity, and how any artistic experience will impact a listener in different ways. My top favorite works are La Mer, an epic poem to the sea, Nocturnes, three orchestral impressionist paintings, and his two sets of Preludes for piano, bringing a new dimension to the genre.