27 Posts
Minors of the Majors
Claude Debussy: L’enfant prodigue
“Minors of the Majors” invites you to discover compositions by the great classical composers that for one reason or another have not reached the musical mainstream. Please enjoy, and keep listening!
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Claude Debussy – Music and the Artists of the Fin de Siècle
In 1902, after the successful debut of his opera Pelléas and Mélisande, Claude Debussy published many articles as a music critic under the pseudonym Monsieur Croche (similar to Paul Valéry’s pseudonym ‘Monsieur Teste’) in the ‘Revue Blanche’ and other publications.
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Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor (1915)
Demoralized by the carnage of World War I and fighting his own battle against cancer, Claude Debussy (1862-1918) writes, “Try as I may, I can’t regard the sadness of my existence with caustic detachment. Sometimes my days are dark, dull,
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Debussy – Watteau – Baudelaire : Invitation to a Voyage
After finally achieving success with his opera ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’ in 1902, Claude Debussy (1862-1918) wrote ‘L’Isle Joyeuse’ (‘The Joyous Island’), while working hard on his new composition, ‘La Mer’. His very successful artistic achievements were in stark opposition to
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Debussy’s New Vision of an Old Standard
When we think of a musical piece called a ‘Prelude,’ we think of the monumental series of Preludes and Fugues by J.S. Bach, or, more adventurously, Chopin’s 1838 series of 24 Preludes, Op. 28. When the French composer Claude Debussy
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James McNeill Whistler – Claude Debussy – Nocturnes in Painting and Music
‘Comme de longs échos qui de loin se confondent…. Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se répondent’ (As long echoes confound from afar….perfumes, colors and sounds respond to each other’) Charles Baudelaire, ‘Correspondances’ The recent exhibition at the Sackler
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Lullaby of Tears
Claude Debussy: Berceuse héroïque
The Battle of the Somme was fought between 1 July and 18 November 1916. One of the largest and most brutal engagements of the First World War, almost one million men were wounded or killed! Among them was the young
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…les sons et les parfums
Debussy meets Chopin
Claude Debussy: La plus que lente (Valse) From …les sons et les parfumsDebussy meets Chopin (2013) Released by Harmonia Mundi Claude Debussy: La plus que lente (Valse)Chopin and Debussy: two seekers of the absolute who, in their art distilled to
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