'Maybe you don't know that I was intended for the fine career of a sailor…' was what Debussy wrote in a letter in which he tells about his work on La Mer
. His passion for the sea remained despite his different career and brought him to compose the three symphonic sketches for orchestra.
The initially conservative criticism of La Mer
, which can probably be attributed to the difference in style compared to the successful work Pelléas
, could be reversed through a performance directed by Debussy in 1908 with overwhelming success.
Preface: Michael Stegemann
Conductor: Jun Märkl
Orchestra/ensemble: Orchestre National de Lyon
Translator preface (English): Penelope Souster