Pagodes and La Mer

This week Dr. Tobin discusses one of his favorite pieces, Pagodes from Estampes. The role that the Javanese Gamelan, the 1889 Paris Exposition, Japanese art, the Symphonic Poem “La Mer”, and Debussy’s love of the sea are all discussed. The presentation ends with a performance of Pagodes on Debussy’s special 1904 Bluethner Piano, played in Brive la-Gaillarde France and set to imager from Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Kamakura.