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The Landscape of Sound: Debussy’s String Quartet, Op. 10
Claude Debussy (1862-1918), better known for his piano and orchestral works, was also a master of the string quartet. He wrote his first one in 1893 and planned a second one to go into a series of six chamber works.
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The Fabled Awakening: Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Slowly, sleepily, and lasciviously, the faun awakes. So begins Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, taking us to the imaginary world of a mythical creature. The work should really be entitled Prélude à ‘l’après-midi d’un faune’ because it is a
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Remembering Debussy
Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy Premiered in 1921
In 1920, Henry Prunières, editor of the French music journal Revue Musicale, commissioned 10 of the leading composers of the day to contribute to a work in memory of Claude Debussy, who had died from cancer 2 years earlier. The
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Quiz: the Life, Inspirations and Music of Debussy
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To Rise and Fall: Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral
In French legends, there are many connected with the sea. One of the most interesting, however, is Debussy’s take on the long-ago city of Ys, which was engulfed by the sea and rises occasionally, to be seen on clear days.
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Happiness in Love: Debussy’s L’isle Joyeuse
The Fêtes galante style was a term specifically created by the French Academy in the early 18th century to describe Watteau’s paintings of country or parkland parties. It was his way of giving his patrons what they wanted, namely, pictures
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Fairies and Butterflies in the Salon: Debussy’s Two Arabesques
Private gatherings at home, known as salons, started in the 17th century in France, where literary gatherings or intellectual groups would get together to exchange ideas. Often headed by a brilliant man or woman who could bring like-minded people together,
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On My Music Desk……
Claude Debussy – La cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral)
Atmospheric, mysterious and dramatic, this quintessential example of “musical impressionism” is captivating to play and to hear. In less than 6 minutes of music, Debussy tells a remarkable story and creates a vivid aural, and visual, portrayal of the mythical
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