1862 – Born in St. Germain-en-Laye on the 22nd of August.
1872 – He studied with Ernest Guiraud, César Franck and other significant figures of the era.
1880-1882 – He was employed by the patron of Tchaikovsky, Nadezhda von Meck, giving music lessons to her children.
1885-1887 – He received a scholarship by the Académie des Beaux-Arts, which included a four-year residence at the Villa Medici, the French Academy in Rome to further his studies.
1888-1889 – Debussy was exposed to Wagnerian opera, which was to have a lasting impact on his later work.
1890 – Debussy developed his own musical language largely independent of Wagner’s style and heavy emotionalism.
1904-1905 – His first volume of Images pour piano combine harmonic innovation with poetic suggestion: Reflets dans l’eau is a musical description of rippling water; Hommage à Rameau, the second piece, is a slow and yearningly nostalgic.
1910 – The first book of Preludes, twelve in total, proved to be his most successful work for piano.
1915 – His two last volumes of works for the piano, the Études interprets similar varieties of style and texture purely as pianistic exercises and includes pieces that develop irregular form to an extreme as well as others influenced by the young Igor Stravinsky.
1918 – Died in Paris on the 25th of March from colorectal cancer.