Paris: A. Durand & Fils [PN D. & F. 6615 (1) [-] (3)], 1905.
Folio. Original publisher's ivory wrappers printed in dark green and brown. Unbound as issued. 1f. (recto title printed in dark green, verso blank), 25, [i] (blank) pp. With "Ch. Douin, gr. ..." and "Imp. Delanchy-Dupré ... XXIX" printed at foot of final page of music.
Wrappers slightly soiled at edges; ownership signature in ink to outer corner of upper. Browned; publisher's handstamp to lower outer corner of title "Durand & Cie. Net : 25 frs."
First Edition, later issue. Lesure, 110.
The present work premiered by Riccardo Viñes at a concert of the Société Nationale de Musique in Paris on 3 March 1906
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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