'Maybe you don't know that I was intended for the fine career of a sailor…' was what Debussy wrote in a letter in which he tells about his work on La Mer. His passion for the sea remained despite his different career and brought him to compose the three symphonic sketches for orchestra.
The initially conservative criticism of La Mer
, which can probably be attributed to the difference in style compared to the successful work 'Pelléas', could be reversed through a performance directed by Debussy
in 1908 with overwhelming success.