Like other late masterpieces, Debussy composed this cycle during the summer of the war year 1915. He retired with his family to a country house near Dieppe and composed with the greatest concentration. The composer, very critical of himself, was particularly proud of his Studies: “I admit to being happy to have successfully completed a work which, without false vanity, will have a special place. Below the technical, these Studies will prepare pianists usefully to better understand that one should not enter music only with formidable hands. ” Debussy's studies are a must if you want to embrace a concert career.