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The project

Project  : creation of a Claude Debussy Museum in Bichain






House located 28, route de Montereau

This modest country house, located in the hamlet of Bichain in Villeneuve-la-Guyard between Fontainebleau and Sens, was the summer residence of Claude Debussy between 1901 and 1903. There he composed one of the most beautiful pieces in the history of music: La Mer. Our project is to restore it in order to create a cultural space that will enhance our Burgundian territory and the French musical heritage.

The summers spent in Bichain by the composer have left an important memory among the inhabitants of the hamlet. This house, once restored, will be dedicated to the evocation of the life and work of Claude Debussy.

However, in its current state, the house cannot accommodate the public. It needs to be completely rehabilitated and restored, in order to regain its former charm, and to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Important masonry, carpentry, electricity, plumbing and flooring work are to be planned.

This project represents a significant cost, which we cannot support alone. In spite of the public aids requested, the amount still payable remains consequent. This is why the City Council and the association have decided to open a public subscription in partnership with the Fondation du patrimoine. Individuals, friends of the municipality and of cultural heritage, companies, music lovers, you can help us in this adventure, by making a check or an online donation on the secure website of the Fondation du Patrimoine : 



Many thanks for your support!

The Association Les Amis de Claude Debussy à Bichain is the coordinator of the project and the municipality the contracting authority..

President : Marie-Jeanne Baeli

Tel : 03 86 66 47 74

Website :


Members of the Association: ​

Marie-Jeanne Baeli présidente, retraitée (

Guy Printemps vice-président, compositeur ( 

Maria Timmermans trésorière, retraitée (

Thomas Bignon adhérent, chef d’entreprise

Stephen Paulello adhérent, facteur de pianos

Gilles Rozé  adhérent, designer

Raphaëlle Maison adhérente, prof. université

Jean-Louis Delahaut  adhérent, prof. conservatoire

Martine Rozé  adhérente, plasticienne 

Robert Baeli  adhérent, jardinier

Françoise Toullec  adhérente, musicienne

Dominique Solane adhérente, prof. de danse 

Charles Bizot  adhérent, menuisier ébéniste

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