One of the twentieth century's most innovative and influential composers, Debussy was a musical impressionist (a term he disliked). Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
draws inspiration from a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé, whilst La mer
, a set of symphonic sketches, vividly depicts the relationship between the waves and wind of the open sea. Jeux
, one of Debussy's final orchestral works, was written for Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.