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Masterpiece week Debussy

Masterpiece week Debussy

  • Debussy wrote the work in Burgundy, but completed it close to the sea in Eastbourne, England
  • poorly received at its premiere, La mer became wildly popular two years later
  • La mer was completed in a year and a half, which was relatively fast for the usually slower composer Debussy
  • film composer John Williams reused motifs from La mer in his Jaws soundtrack; Luciano Berio quoted from La Mer in his Sinfonia