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L'Enfant prodigue     61/(57)

Scène lyrique

Poet:
Édouard Guinand

First line:
L'année, en vain chasse l'année

Composition dates:
24 May 1884 (1st version); 1907-1908 (2nd version)

Dedication:
Ernest Guiraud

Publication:
Durand, November 1884 (piano and voice); November 1907 (orchestra; piano and voice)

Nomenclature:
3.3.2.2 — 4.2.3.1 — timp. - 2 perc. - 2 harps — strings

First hearing:
Original version, Paris, Institut de France, 27 June 1884, with Rose Caron (Lia), Ernst Van Dick (Azaël) and Taskin (Siméon)

Comments:
Work for which Debussy was awarded, by 22 out of 28 votes, the First Grand Prix de Rome. The later version of 1907 was orchestrated with the help of André Caplet.