The preset we made based on Debussy’s music takes his most famous piece as a starting point – Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. As with all complex music it is impossible to fit all parameters and rules into one single preset, and this is especially true of an orchestra piece as advances as this. What we did was make it possible to play the famous flute melody from the start, the rest of the piece is not possible to fit into a single preset.
The composition was inspired by the poem L’après-midi d’un faune by Stéphane Mallarmé. Debussy’s work later provided the basis for the ballet Afternoon of a Faun, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. It is one of Debussy’s most famous works and is considered a turning point in the history of music; Pierre Boulez has said he considers the score to be the beginning of modern music, observing that “the flute of the faun brought new breath to the art of music.” It is a work that barely grasps onto tonality and harmonic function.
About his composition Debussy wrote:
“The music of this prelude is a very free illustration of Mallarmé’s beautiful poem. By no means does it claim to be a synthesis of it. Rather there is a succession of scenes through which pass the desires and dreams of the faun in the heat of the afternoon. Then, tired of pursuing the timorous flight of nymphs and naiads, he succumbs to intoxicating sleep, in which he can finally realize his dreams of possession in universal Nature.”