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… read more