This is one of Claude Debussy’s most evocative Preludes, one of the last composed in December, 1912. It was inspired by an article in Le Temps which described the coronation of King George the V as emperor of India. It is Debussy’s answer to Wagernism, Twelve-tone harmony, and the logical completion of tonality that Brahms composed in his late piano works.
This week Dr. Tobin explores this humorous Book II Prelude, inspired by the American Clown Ed La Vine and his performance at the Marigny Theatre on the Avenue Champs Elysees!
What inspired Claude Debussy’s Book I Prelude Voiles? The Javanese Gamelan, Degas paintings of Sailboats, veiled dancers at the Folies Bergere?
Watch and find out!
This week Dr. Tobin discusses Impressionism and first person accounts of Debussy to illuminate the first piece from Images I.
Awhile ago Dr. Tobin interviewed the world Debussy experts at a Debussy convnetion at UT Austin and put together a documentary filim. It was shot on the fly, without control of sound, image, and some conctent, but it honor the work of Claude Debussy.