La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune

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.

Fireworks

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.