Claude Debussy—a renowned French composer and pianist—was active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Considered one of the most important French composers of all time, Debussy incorporated elements of French music, Chopin's piano techniques, and Eastern harmonies into his music. He was known for his association with poets and painters rather than fellow musicians. Debussy's music is often associated with impressionism although he denied direct influence from the movement. Notable works include Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Suite bergamasque, and La Mer.