444 plays

Satie
Gymnopédie Nº 3
(orch. C. Debussy)

Orchestre du capitole de Toulouse
Michel Plasson

[ Gauguin | Landscape on La Dominique (det.) ]

12 April 2014 ·

Claude Debussy | Danses sacrée et profane for harp and strings, L.103 (1904)

Ann Mason Stockton, harp

(Source: allegroinquieto, via allegroinquieto)

11 March 2014 ·

Percy Grainger speaks and plays Debussy to students at the University of Texas, 1948.

19 February 2014 ·

Debussy
Proses lyriques (1893)
III. De fleurs (text by the composer)

Anne Schwanewilms, soprano
Falko Steinbach, piano

In the boredom so desolately green
of pain’s hothouse,
flowers lace my heart
with their disgusting stems…

7 February 2014 ·

Debussy
Suite bergamasque
IV. Passepied

Walter Gieseking

28 January 2014 ·

Debussy at the beach in Houlgate, 1911.

Debussy at the beach in Houlgate, 1911.

(Source: desingel.be)

22 August 2013 ·

Debussy
Fantasy for piano and orchestra (1890)
I. Andante ma non troppo — Allegro giusto

Zoltán Kocsis
Budapest Festival Orch.
Iván Fischer

Debussy’s Fantasy — a three-movement piano concerto or concertino in all but name — was an early work which the composer completed, scheduled for premiere, and then summarily withdrew after a dispute with d’Indy, who had been scheduled to conduct. It was not performed until 1918 (by Cortot) and has been scarcely revived since then.

This is not mature Debussy: the piano figuration perhaps approaches brainless bravura at times, and the work reads much like a Franck-inspired pièce de concours. But it certainly has its merits, probably deserves to be heard more often, and offers interesting insight into the tradition of which its composer was inextricably a part. 

22 August 2013 ·

Debussy
Estampes

I. Pagodes

Claudio Arrau

17 July 2013 ·

de Falla
Homenaje “pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy”


Daniel Ligorio

14 July 2013 ·

939 plays

Debussy
Violin Sonata in G minor
III. Finale: Très animé

Ginette Neveu, violin
Jean Neveu, piano

The Violin Sonata was Debussy’s final composition, and its 1917 premiere his last public performance. Debussy conceived it as part of a larger cycle of sonatas for various instruments—similar to what Poulenc would undertake a generation later—but this ambition was never completed. The sonata itself is cyclical in some respects; the structure of the finale, for example, tersely mirrors the larger-scale architecture of the work as a whole. 

29 June 2013 ·

"There’s no need for music to make people think. It would be enough if music could make people listen."

~ Claude Debussy
1901

29 June 2013 ·

Debussy
La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre
I. De l’aube à midi sur la mer
II. Jeux des vagues
III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer

Montréal Symphony Orch.
Dutoit

23 March 2013 ·

Debussy with Zohra ben Brahim, 1897, at the house of their friend the erotic poet and photographer Pierre Louÿs. Louÿs brought Zohra to Paris from Algeria as a kind of muse, and, well… “We are stuck together like two dogs in the street,” he had written to Debussy.

Debussy with Zohra ben Brahim, 1897, at the house of their friend the erotic poet and photographer Pierre Louÿs. Louÿs brought Zohra to Paris from Algeria as a kind of muse, and, well… “We are stuck together like two dogs in the street,” he had written to Debussy.

(Source: Flickr / desingel)

27 November 2012 ·

Debussy
Fantasy for piano and orchestra (1890)
II. Lento e molto espressivo
III. Allegro molto

Zoltán Kocsis, piano
Budapest Festival Orch. 
Iván Fischer, cond. 

Debussy began his career by continuing the path of French composers such as d’Indy and Fauré before undergoing the radical shift which resulted in his more characteristic style. One of my favorite works by Debussy, the Fantasy for piano and orchestra, was an early effort which the composer immediately suppressed; it was not heard in its entirety until his death in 1918. It is the closest thing to a ‘piano concerto’ in his output. Here are its second and third movemnts, which segue uninterrupted. The first movement can be heard here.

22 August 2012 ·

(Source: Flickr / madsofa)

22 August 2012 ·

Curtis Lindsay
Pianist, composer,
expert in nonsense.



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