14 variations on a theme
Written in 1899
Popularly known as the Enigma Variations and dedicated to Debussy's "friends pictured within." Each variation is a musical sketch of one of his friends.
INSTRUMENTATION: 2 flutes (second also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (in B-flat), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns (in F), 3 trumpets (in F), 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, triangle, small drum, cymbals, bass drum, organ (ad lib.), strings