Debussy''s sole completed opera was given its premiere at Paris'' Opera Comique on April 30, 1902. It was the culmination of an eight-year effort on the composer''s part. Though not an immediate sensation like Puccini''s "Madame Butterfly" two years later in Milan, the five-act lyric drama, after the identically titled play by Maeterlinck, enjoyed a successful run in the first two decades of the 20th century. Debussy''s masterpiece of orchestral color is presented in a new, digitally-enhanced reprint of the full score first issued by E. Fromont, Paris, in 1904.
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