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Symphonic suite for orchestra, piano and chorus

Composition date:
Rome, February 1887

Dedication:
Auguste Durand

Publication:
1st version, reduction for piano four hands, La Revue musicale, February-March 1904; Durand, 1904.
2nd version, orchestration by Henri Busser, Durand, 1913; piano four hands, Durand 1912; Durand, 2002, Édition critique des oeuvres complètes, I/7

Nomenclature:
2.2.2.2 — 4.2.3.0 — timp. - 2 perc. - pno 4-m. - harp — strings

First hearing:
2nd version, Société nationale de musique, Salle Gaveau, 18 April 1913, under the direction of Rhené-Bâton; then 7 December 1913, Concerts Lamoureux, under the direction of Camille Chevillard

Comments:
Inspired by the painting of his friend, Marcel Baschet, the work was Debussy's second Envoi de Rome. In the early months of 1912, Henri Busser re-orchestrated the work under the composer's supervision.