Although the continuation appeared only in 1905, the inscription of the year of publication ("1890") made by Debussy in the cupboard proofs of the engraving indicates that it is indeed an older work . Now lost, the manuscript had been sold by Debussy to the publisher Choudens, without a publication being undertaken thereafter. The fact that the work was published later shows that Debussy was still convinced of his work. This work in four movements was notably made famous by its slow movement, Clair de lune (HN 391), with a very particular atmosphere. The numerous transcriptions for various formations demonstrate the uninterrupted popularity of the play, but also of the rest of it.