In celebration of the 151st anniversary of the birth of French composer Claude Debussy, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) created an animated Google Doodle of a Parisian cityscape set to “Clair de Lune” (“Moonlight”), one of his best-known pieces.
Lights in buildings and streets flicker on and off, silhouettes of classic automobiles roll through the street, and smoke rises from chimneys against a starlit sky. In the foreground, boats pass by until a man and woman in separate rowboats begin rowing toward each other as the cityscape continues to scroll.
Eventually it begins to rain, and the Google Doodle ends with the rowboats crossing paths but stopping to share a red umbrella as the man and woman exchange glances.
Debussy was one of the most prominent figures in the Impressionist movement in music, which influenced music in Europe, especially France, in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Some of Debussy’s other major works include “La Mer” (“The Sea,” 1905), “Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune” (“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” 1894), and “La fille aux cheveux de lin” (The Girl with the Flaxen hair,” 1909).
Debussy was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on Aug. 22, 1862. After producing his many works, he passed away in 1918, succumbing to colon cancer at the age of 55.