In 1913, three years after publication of the Prludes I, another collection of twelve Prludes appeared. The pieces are longer and make use of a very wide register, which is why Debussy mainly notated them on three staves. As with the first volume of Prludes the programmatic additions only appeared at the end of each piece. The cycle closes with the virtuosic and brilliant Feux dartifice, fireworks of pianistic bravura in thetrue sense of the word. The piano writing and title of no. 11, Les tir ces alternes, already hints at the twelve _tudes of 1915 (HN 390) with which Debussy was to end his piano Œìuvre. Edited by Ernst-G_nter Heinemann with fingerings by Hans-Martin Theopold and a preface by Fran_ois Lesure.