This piece follows the tale of a mythical faun who plays his pipes in the woods alone. Enchanted by nymphs and naiads, he drifts off to sleep, entering into colourful dreams. The calm afternoon in the forest is evoked through a dreamy opening flute tune with smooth melodies and almost improvisatory passages.
Claude Debussy (Aug 1862 – Mar 1918)
3 flutes, 2 oboes and English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 harps, antique cymbals, strings
ABOUT THE COMPOSITION
5 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE COMPOSER
- Came from a non-musical family: his father owned a china shop, and his mother was a seamstress.
- Started his studies at the Paris Conservatoire at 10.
- Never placed higher than fourth in any piano competitions.
- Started the modern period of classical music.
- La mer wasn’t well received at first , after Debussy caused outrage by leaving his wife.