Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
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Debussy: 20 facts about the great composer
8. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Based on a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, Debussy’s symphonic poem for orchestra was first performed in 1894. It describes the dreams of a faun, a mythical half-human, half-goat figure, in the afternoon heat.