The Latest Google Doodle Takes Us on a Musical Gondola Ride with Claude Debussy

Google Doodle Claude Debussy


“Music is the space between the notes.”

That’s the sort of profundity that could only come from a 19th century Frenchman. The artist in question: Claude Debussy, composer of — among other magnetic works — “Clair de lune,” a musical illustration of Paul Verlaine’s 1869 poem. To celebrate Debussy’s 151st birthday (should he not have passed away in 1918 following a struggle with colon cancer, that is) Google has created a new Doodle depicting his music on the backdrop of a moonlit European city.

We travel via canal past houses, windmills, and balloons, our journey culminating with the union of two lovers in a fresh, light drizzle. A sweet tribute to a man who brought the world many unforgettable harmonies. To see more great minds celebrated in Google Doodle form, check out our gallery.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.