French composer Claude Debussy's La Mer engages more of our senses than just hearing. This piece consists of three "symphonic sketches" catching all the moods and sensual pleasures of the sea. We can see the changing light playing on the surface of the water in "From Dawn to Noon on the Sea." We can feel the rocking sensations and the tug of the currents in "Play of Waves." And in the last section, "Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea," we sense the power of the ocean, pushed onto the shore by the winds. Like the painters who were so popular in his time, Debussey created "impressions" with his music. Its effect is to draw out our wonder.

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