Debussy Blog Series
Dr. Tobin will move forward with his Chopin Blog Series next week, but in the meantime we though we would remind and recap the Debussy Blog Series Dr. Tobin completed this spring-summer-fall. The posts can be viewed by opening the Debussy Presentation page or clicking on the image below.
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…
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.
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…
Rachmaninoff via Pollack
Dr. Tobin discusses ideas Daniel Pollack imparted for the iconic Rachmaninoff Prelude in g# minor, Opus 32#12. Finger and hand technique based on the score and emotion are explored. The discussion ends with a performance on the piece from Davos, Switzerland.