Did you know that this week marks the birthday of composer Claude Debussy? Debussy was born on August 22, 1862 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France.
Today's post will highlight resources you can use to celebrate this famous Impressionist composer with your students this week!
Keep reading to learn more....
- Making Music Fun has a printable biography of Debussy HERE, and a Debussy word search worksheet HERE.
- The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra website has an activity page with examples of Impressionist artwork and the text of the poem that inspired Debussy's "Clair de Lune." You can find that HERE.
- Classical WGUC (a classical radio station based in Cincinnati) has a short, informative video on Impressionism that explains the Impressionist movement in art and how Debussy translated Impressionism into music. Watch the video HERE.
Free Sheet Music
- G Major Music Theory has a late elementary arrangement of "Clair de Lune" available HERE.
- For your advanced students, Michael Kravchuk has made several of Debussy's best known works available on his website HERE (scroll down to Debussy, Claude).
Sheet Music for Purchase
- A mid- to late elementary arrangement of "Clair de Lune," including practice tips, is available HERE.
- A longer, early intermediate arrangement of "Clair de Lune" can be found HERE.
- An intermediate arrangement of "Reverie" is available HERE.
- See my early intermediate, pop-style homage to Debussy, "Dance in the Moonlight," HERE.
What do you think? What is your favorite Debussy piece? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!