Debussy - La Mer

 La mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre (French for The sea, three symphonic sketches for orchestra), or simply La mer (i.e. The Sea), is an orchestral composition (L 109) by the French composer Claude Debussy. The work was started in 1903 in France and completed in 1905 at Grand Hotel Eastbourne on the English Channel coast. The premiere was given on 15 October 1905 in Paris, by the Orchestre Lamoureux under the direction of Camille Chevillard. Eastbourne was also where Frank Bridge was to complete his suite The Sea in 1911. Debussy arranged the piece for piano for four hands in 1905,[Grove Music Online 1] and in 1909 his publisher Durand presented a second edition of La mer with the composer's revisions. It was initially not well received, but soon became one of Debussy's most admired and frequently performed orchestral works.

 VIDEO: Debussy: La Mer (Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra)

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