The majority of his important works for piano were nevertheless written after 1900, from the middle of his maturity as a composer, when he had already established his fame with his products of the 1890s, in particular the String Quartet, the Prlude l'aprs-midi d'un faune, the Nocturnes for orchestra, many of his best songs, and his only completed opera, Pellas et Mlisande. The OEuvres compltes of Debussy, the first critical edition originating in France of any French composer, is now approximately half finished, and series 1, in nine volumes, brings to completion all with the issue of the miscellaneous shorter pieces in volume 4, of Debussy's solo piano works (vols. 1-6) in the most careful and authoritative editions they have ever received. Only the second volume of duets, volume 9, containing the Petite suite, the Marche cossaise sur un thme populaire, the first version of Six pigraphes antiques, and Debussy's own remarkable four-hand arrangement of La mer, has yet to appear.\n It includes the first Arabesque, "Clair de lune," the Danse, Rverie, L'isle joyeuse of 1904, two of the Estampes ("Soire dans Grenade" and "Jardins sous la pluie"), "Reflets dans l'eau" from the first series of Images (1905), two pieces from Children's Corner ("Jimbo's Lullaby" and "Golliwogg's Cake-Walk"), five Prludes from book 1 ("Voiles," "Des pas sur la neige," "La fille aux cheveux de lin," "La cathdrale engloutie," and "Minstrels"), four from book 2 ("Feuilles mortes," "La puerta del vino," "Ondine," and "Feux d'artifice"), and La plus que lente. Now out of print, it included none of Debussy's piano works after 1905, but both Arabesques were there, and all of the Suite bergamasque, Pour le piano, Estampes, and the first set of Images, plus D'un cahier d'esquisses, Masques, and L'isle joyeuse (these last two, as Howat points out, were advertised in 1903 by Fromont, along with a "2me Sarabande," as part of an entirely different "Suite bergamasque," then supposedly in preparation),

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