Google doodle celebrates Claude Debussy's birthday with 'Clair de lune' animation
This would be the 151th birthday of the French composer. The Google doodle celebrating the date shows a dark cityscape, lit mostly by a bright full moon behind it. Seen from the perspective of someone moving along a waterway, the horizon features cars and city lights. A steam ship travels through the foreground.
After awhile, two people in rowboats approach each other. Rain begins to fall when they meet and the two share a red umbrella as the animation ends.
The piano music, whose name translates to "Moonlight," is the third movement of a larger piano suite, "Suite bergamasque," written between 1890 and 1905. A favorite composition for use in film scores, the tune is familiar more than a century after its composition.
Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France on Aug. 22, 1862, Debussy was a musical success from a young age. He won his first major compositional prize, the Grand Prix de Rome with a cantata, "L'enfant prodigue," at the age of 22 in 1884. The composer died of colon cancer on March 25, 1918