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Debussy's tempo is close to quarter note=63, but he takes more ritards than he has marked in the score.
Conductors are therefore urged to adhere to Debussy's musical text and to resist the temptation to emulate "established" performance practices in which ritards or accelerandos not indicated in the score have been liberally added.
Practice in succession all the measures with ritards in a work.