La mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre (French for The sea, three symphonic sketches for orchestra), or simply La mer (i.e. The Sea), L. 109, is an orchestral composition by the French composer Claude Debussy.

Composed between 1903 and 1905, the piece was premiered in Paris in October 1905. It was initially not well received; even some who had been strong supporters of Debussy's work were unenthusiastic. But the work was given in the US in 1907 and Britain in 1908, and after it second performance in Paris, in 1908, it quickly became one of Debussy's most admired and frequently performed orchestral works.

The first audio recording of the work was made in 1928. Since then, orchestras and conductors from around the world have set it down in studio or live concert recordings.

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Performances & Interviews

Upcoming BBC Events featuring La mer

BBC Philharmonic 2019-20 Season: Sibelius/Debussy/Tom Coult/Respighi
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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