Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon (Debussy, Claude)

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Work Title Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon
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Composer Debussy, Claude
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CD 150
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICD 82
Key A flat major
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1917 (February/March)
First Publication. 2003
Dedication For M. Tronquin, coal merchant
Average DurationAvg. Duration 3 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation piano
External Links Centre de documentation Claude Debussy
Note by Roy Howat
MusicBrainz

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  • For many years Debussy's Études and Élégie were considered his last word for the piano. In November 2001, however, "Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon" surfaced, revealing an extraordinary story. During the extremely harsh wartime winter of 1916-17 Debussy's musical coal merchant managed to divert scarce supplies of fuel to the Debussy household. As thanks (and doubtless payment) he received the beautifully written manuscript of this piece, probably composed in February or March 1917.