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Google Doodle celebrates birthday of influential composer Debussy

Achille-Claude Debussy was a French composer who died in 1918.

IF YOU’RE FEELING like you need to take a moment to appreciate romance today, head to

We’re not asking you to Google anything – all you need to do is click the big red balloon, and sit back.


In tribute to composer Achille-Claude Debussy, today’s Google Doodle is a low-key, romantic animated short film.

It appears to show a moonlit French street in the late 19th century or early 20th century, and the viewer is brought on a little journey that ends in romance.

The lights in the buildings are synchronised to different piano keys, meaning the city lights up in new ways as the piece progresses.


A French native, Debussy was born on 22 August 1862, and began piano lessons at the age of 7. At 10, he went to the Paris Conservatoire, and spent 11 years there studying.

He went on to become a composer associated with the Impressionist movement, and died in 1918 of rectal cancer.

Leaving a colourful personal life and inspiring working life behind him, he is now considered one of the most influential composers of his time.

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