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Back in Paris, Debussy almost immediately signs a contract to write the music for a four-act drama by Gabriele D'Annunzio, Saint Sébastien , subsequently to be published as Le Martyre de saint Sébastien , a mystery in five acts and five mansions, with Ida Rubinstein in the title role.

Some of Debussy’s music, like the Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, was so harmonically unusual that it didn’t enthrall critics at the time. One critic scoffed after the premiere: “The faun must have had a terrible afternoon!”

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Around this time he met Erik Satie , who proved a kindred spirit in his experimental approach to composition and to naming his pieces. Both musicians were bohemians during this period, enjoying the same cafe society and struggling to stay afloat financially. [19]

During the latter part of his life Debussy created an alter ego, “Monsieur Croche,” with whom he carried on imaginary conversations on the nature of art and music. “What is the use of your almost incomprehensible art?” Monsieur Croche asks. “Is it not more profitable to see the sun rise than to listen to the Pastoral Symphony of Beethoven?” Elsewhere Monsieur Croche supports the cause of the musical explorer: “I am less interested in what I possess than in what I shall need tomorrow.”

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