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The French Connection – revisited. Favourite piano pieces by Debussy…

In 2012 I wrote a series of posts covering an A-Z of Debussy’s music on this blog, and, since he is one of this year’s featured composers in the current series – The Lunch That Never Happened – it seems … Continue reading

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Z is for Zephyr – Debussy’s Zephyr

Dear Reader, Many thanks for your company on my journey through this 2012 Debussy A-Z as it draws to a close; it’s been lovely to have your comments and tweets. If you are in private or have some headphones, push … Continue reading

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X is for siXtes – Debussy’s Etude pour les Sixtes

The raison d’être for writing these blogposts in 2012 has been The French Connection – Debussy, who met Liszt in Rome, and who studied with a pupil of Chopin. And we see the closest intersection between Chopin and Debussy in Debussy’s two books … Continue reading

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V is for Voiles – Debussy’s Voiles

Type ‘voiles – image’ into a search engine, and page after page of see-through curtains and sails appears, with the occasional bridal veil thrown in. The word is ambiguous in Debussy’s prelude of the same name, but the idea of … Continue reading

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U is for Usher – Debussy’s The Fall of the House of Usher

‘DURING the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and … 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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S is for Sonata – Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano

Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano holds a unique but sad place in his output; it was his last completed work, and he performed the piano part at its premiere in 1917 with the violinist Gaston Poulet (left). It was … 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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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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