Claude Debussy was a French composer during the late 19th and early 20th centuries known for being the founder of musical impressionism. Born into a poor family, Debussy showed an early proclivity and talent for music. He later was financially sponsored by a Russian woman who hired him to teach piano to her children and with her family, he toured Europe gaining experience and listening to music. He developed his own original style of harmony and musical structure that paid homage to the same ideals of impressionism to which painters and writers of the day aspired. Famous works include: Clair de Lune and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.