Debussy's 'Reverie' is one of his first works for piano. Even at this initial step in his career it's popssible to hear many traits of that signature Debussy sound.
The young Debussy had not complete developed the style and tricks that would brand him as one of his generation's most notable talents. There are no fireworks here, no surprising explosions in texture - this is likely of a meditation.
Debussy was not satisfied when his publisher issued this piano piece from an old manuscript that had been lying about for some time.
Debussy wrote to the publisher Eugène Fromont:
"I very much regret your decision to publish Rêverie, I wrote it in a hurry years ago and purely for commercial purposes. It is a work of no significance and, frankly, I consider it absolutely no good."
I offer to your attention the version of this work for cello and orchestra. It's performed by Julian Lloyd Webber and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:
Here is the piece of music "The River Cam" for cello and strings, composed for Julian Lloyd Webber’s sixtieth birthday by composer Eric Whitacre: