Monthly Archives: October 2012

N is for Negre – Debussy’s Le Petit Negre

Introducing pupils to their first piece by a major composer is one of the pleasures of teaching. With Bach and Schumann, who composed for children – or, with Mozart, who composed as a child –  there is plenty of repertoire … Continue reading

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L is for Liszt, M is for Medici. Debussy meets Liszt at the Villa Medici in Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Go to the Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna, where everyone gathers to socialise and to watch the world go by. And, if you’re a musician, climb up the 138 steps, … Continue reading

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K is for Khamma and Koechlin – Debussy’s Khamma

I thought that ‘K’ would give me a quick and easy time in this A-Z survey of Debussy and his music, with a brief post on Khamma, the ballet. But the more listening and reading I do, the more fascinated … Continue reading

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J is for Joyeuse – Debussy’s L’isle Joyeuse

Debussy’s L’isle Joyeuse was inspired by Watteau’s painting L’Embarquement de Cythère, in which a happy group of revellers depart for/from the mythical island of Cythera in the Mediterranean, birthplace of Venus, the goddess of love. There are two versions of the … Continue reading

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