Debussy wins the Prix de Rome
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Debussy: 20 facts about the great composer
5. Debussy wins the Prix de Rome
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.