Debussy composed the Petite Suite in 1888 when he was 26. The period up to 1890 was a time in which Debussy's later, distinctive, impressionistic style has not yet emerged.
The Petite Suite shows the influence of the French lyric opera composers Gounod and Massenet, as do most of Debussy's pre-1890 compositions. The work could be considered neo-classical because it contains pseudo-dance movements, and because of the style of Keyboard writing used, through which Debussy pays a kind of homage to the French clavecinists.
Scored for 1 Piano, 4 Hands