"Preface," in Griffes, Charles the Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan.

American composer Charles Griffes wrote a wide variety of pieces during his short life, exhibiting interest in German Romanticisim, French Impressionism, and so-called “orientalism” from China and Japan. A talented painter and sketch artist, Griffes applied his sense of color to his musical works. He was often compared to Debussy and Saint-Saens, although Griffes’ style was not imitative but highly original.