Jeux (16:53)

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Jeux (Games) is the last work for orchestra written by Claude Debussy. Described as a “poème dansé” (literally a “danced poem”), it was originally intended to accompany a ballet, and was written for the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev to choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. Debussy wrote the score quickly, from mid-August to mid-September 1912.

Jeux was premiered under conductor Pierre Monteux on May 15, 1913 in Paris. However, the work was not well received, and soon eclipsed by Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, which was premiered on 29 May 1913 by Diaghilev’s company. The first commercial recording was made by Victor de Sabata with the Orchestra Stabile Accademica di Santa Cecilia in 1947. A critical edition of the score, prepared by Pierre Boulez and Myriam Chimènes, was published in 1988.


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  • wj32

    Debussy's most complex orchestral work. Takes many repeated listenings to really work out the structure, motifs, etc.

    25 Apr 2011 Reply

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