Category Archives: Music

Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, Movement 1

  Words fail me. Continuing this series of posts on works with nocturnal associations, and looking for a complementary image, I came across the one above – a facsimile of the Autograph of the third movement of Beethoven’s Sonata quasi … Continue reading

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T is for Toccata – Debussy’s Toccata, from Pour Le Piano

T is for Toccata, from the Italian toccare, meaning to touch; and T is for Tricky. Debussy’s Toccata, the final movement of his suite Pour Le Piano, is a sparkling finale to follow the Prélude and Sarabande; a virtuoso showpiece in … Continue reading

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R is for Reverie – Debussy’s Reverie

A forthcoming concert at the Wigmore Hall caught my eye recently; entitled Rêverie, it will present some of Debussy’s piano music in an evening which includes readings about his life and loves in the form of a journal – should … Continue reading

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Q is for Que – Debussy’s La Plus Que Lente

I have written before about music which stops you in your tracks, music for which you would climb down the ladder. As a girl, I heard something by Debussy on the radio, and asked my teacher about a piece called ‘La … Continue reading

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P is for Puck – Debussy’s La Danse de Puck

Although there were  plans for writing music for Shakespeare’s As you Like It, Debussy’s five minutes of music for Le Roi Lear and the piano prelude La Danse de Puck, performed  above by Debussy himself, are his only Shakespeare-based compositions. … Continue reading

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The Same Flame – Spreading like Wildfire!

 Released today! The CD recording of this exciting new work for mixed voices and piano is now available on the Vivum label at all good record shops, and online here, or at Amazon and MDT. Downloads on iTunes and Amazon. Scores available from … Continue reading

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O is for Ondine – Debussy’s Ondine

With a name derived from the French word ‘onde’, meaning wave, it is not difficult to discover the watery nature of the Ondine/Undine mythical character. Her legend exists in many countries and ages; as a Siren in ancient Greece, as … Continue reading

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