The next in our Debussy Prelude series is a rather enigmatic prelude from Book I, la serenade interompue. It was reportedly composed after Debussy heard a performance by a not so successful guitarist that was repeatedly interrupted!
In this second video of our series, Dr. Tobin discusses the first Prelude from Book I. Planed chords, blocked tonal harmonies, and layers create a distinctive language. Debussy made many references to the art and culture of antiquity and ancient Greece, this Prelude is an interesting beginning to the set.
Dr. Tobin is starting a series of discussions about the Debussy Preludes.
In this first video, he discusses “The Girl With the Flaxen Hair” from Book I.