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Discover Claude Debussy’s best music, and find out facts about his life in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Debussy won the Prix de Rome for composition, with his piece L’enfant prodigue. This meant he received a scholarship to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in the Villa Medici (pictured), and had to complete a four-year residence from 1885-1887. He was pretty unhappy there – sometimes he was so distressed he was unable to compose.
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