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.
This week Dr. Tobin explores the influence of Pierre Louys in the isolated, melancholic world Debussy creates in “De pas sur la Neige” (Footsteps in the Snow.)
This week Dr. Tobin discusses possible literary inspirations for one of Debussy’s stormiest pieces!
Dr. Tobin discusses whole tone and black and white key combinations in the last Book II Prelude, Feux d’artifice, that promote a new means of progression and musical language. Fireworks is a culmination of the Preludes, recalls What the West Wind Saw, and paves the way for Debussy’s Etudes. The discussion endds with a live performance of Feux d’artifice in Wetzikon, Switzerland.
Based on a story by Baron Friedrich de la Motte Foch, Ondine recalls the mythical half-mermaid creatures “Undine’s” and Debussy’s interest in the supernatural and fairy tales.
Dr. Tobin ends the discussion with a performance on Debussy’s Bluethner piano, in Brive la-Gaillarde, France.