Prélude a l'après-midi d'un faune
Down 48. Lowest position since 2007. 4th of Debussy's 5 entries.
Debussy's Prélude a l'après-midi d'un faune was planned originally as merely the first part of a trilogy. The composer intended the final set of three pieces to have included an Interlude and a Paraphrase finale. In the end, for reasons best known to himself, Debussy decided to combine all his thoughts on Mallarmé's poem The Afternoon of a Faun to just one single movement. The composer was 32 years old when he wrote it and it was eighteen years later when Nijinsky danced to it in Diaghilev's Ballets Russes production in Paris.
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