Paris: A. Durand & Fils [PN D. & F. 6326 (1) [-] (3)], [ca. 1916].
Folio. Original publisher's ivory wrappers with titling printed in blue and orange to upper and publisher's advertisment to verso of lower. Unbound as issued. 1f. (recto title printed in dark orange, verso blank), 24 pp. With "Ch. Douin, gr .." and "Paris, Imp. A. Mounot." printed at foot of final page of music.
With performance markings in pencil throughout.
Wrappers worn and soiled; minor edge tears and creases; handstamp to lower corner of upper. Minor browning and soiling; publisher's handstamp to title.
First Edition, later issue. Lesure, 100.
Estampes premiered in Paris with Ricardo Viñes at the piano at a concert of the Société nationale in the Salle Erard on 9 January 1904,
Debussy's creative connection to the visual arts was significant and many times throughout his career he attributed the inspiration for many of his compositions to specific artists or works of art. "Louis Laloy, his first French biographer, revealed in 1909 that ‘He received his most profitable lessons from poets and painters, not from musicians’, while he himself told Varèse in 1911 ‘I love pictures almost as much as music’. ...One of his rare piano pupils, Mademoiselle Worms de Romilly, went so far as to write that he ‘always regretted not having worked at painting instead of music’. Ever since his years at the Conservatoire, Debussy had felt that he had more to learn from artists than from career-obsessed musicians: ‘You are getting nowhere, M. Croche will tell them, because you know nothing but music and obey barbaric laws’. Three of his works were dedicated to artists: one of the Images for piano to Alexandre Charpentier, one of the Proses lyriques to Henri Lerolle, and Estampes to Jacques-Emile Blanche." François Lesure and Roy Howat in Grove Music Online.
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