From Young Composers
Achille-Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he is credited as being one of the most prominent figures in the Impressonist music movement, though he intensely disliked the term himself. Debussy is both one of the most French composers of the 20th century and one of the most influenctial figures in European music. Debussy's music virtually defines the transition between the Romantic music tradition and the 20th century.