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A critic pans Claude Debussy's La Mer

Claude Debussy's La Mer was not without its critics. "By dint of looking through the end of his lorgnette [opera glasses]," Louis Schneider wrote of one performance, "Debussy gives us the impression not of the ocean but of the basin at the Tuileries Gardens... The audience seemed rather disappointed; they expected the ocean, something big, something colossal, but they were served instead some agitated water in a saucer."

["It is like a beautiful sunset," Ferruccio Busoni once said of L'Apres-midi d'un Faune, "it fades as one looks at it." And Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov was even more dismissive of Debussy's music: "Better not listen to it," he once remarked. "You risk getting used to it, and then you might end up liking it."]

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