This week Dr. Tobin explores a bit about the order of the Debussy Preludes in Book I and some of the themes important to Debussy.
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.
What inspired Claude Debussy’s Book I Prelude Voiles? The Javanese Gamelan, Degas paintings of Sailboats, veiled dancers at the Folies Bergere?
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This week Dr. Tobin discusses Impressionism and first person accounts of Debussy to illuminate the first piece from Images I.
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.)