From my Cd album: DEBUSSY-Nature Myth Legend
YouTube video http://youtu.be/-_V7ADZcWIs
It could be said that nature, myth and legend were the source of Claude Debussy's inspiration.
The music of this album summons you to enter his world; one of sheer sensual beauty where the incantations of nature and ancient realms can be heard. The physical storm that is Debussy's music, awakens both the senses and the mysterious past that sleeps within each and every one of us.
In this little psychological drama, a brief overture is played; the curtain then goes up. A dialogue ensues, rife with questions, doubts, and 'half'' answers, amongst a cast of characters who come on and off the stage. The sun comes out at the end to resolve the conflicts(as in the only way out is OUT) This work reminds me of Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute.) Mozart is having a lot of fun as usual, playing with his audience!
One of the sixty-six "Lyric Pieces" by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. He wrote "Wedding Day" on the occasion of his own wedding. This performance is dedicated to my son and his bride on the occasion of their wedding, March 28, 2015.
Classical Soul Vol. II presents a 'kaleidoscope" of twelve expressive piano solos from the Romantic era including works by, in order: Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Grieg, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Faure, Albeniz, Schubert.
YouTube Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKwo7LEwUfM
From the famous set of pieces named "Consolations" by Franz Liszt. This is from the album 'Classical Soul' and is available for purchase at CDBABY here: http://cdbaby.com/halfreedman
YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/IDod49LLhD8
This is No.1 from the suite of pieces for piano entitled 'Children's Corner' by Claude Debussy. Debussy wrote them for his little daughter, nicknamed 'Chouchou' (little pet in French.)According to Debussy's friend and biographer, E. Robert Schmitz, the pieces are about the joy the the little girl received from the toys her Father bought her. This first piece of the suite, 'Gradus ad Parnassum' is a reference to Debussy's own childhood. It is a parody of an execise from the famous and monumental piano exercise method book by Clementi, 'Gradus ad Parnassum"(translation: 'steps to Parnassus') which Debussy was no doubt forced to practice as a child!
'Jimbo's Lullaby' is from the collection of pieces entitled 'Children's Corner" which Debussy wrote for his three year old daughter, whom he nicknamed 'Chouchou" ('little pet' in French.)
The reference below is an excerpt from the 'Debussy' biography written by E. Robert Schmitz, Schmitz who as well as biographer, was a close personal friend and frequent visitor to the Debussy household.
E. Robert Schmitz:
'Jimbo, a little velvet elephant, pudgy and soft, one of those favorites of Chouchou's allowed to partake in the ceremonials of her own bedtime; but the little elephant, too, must have one last story, one last song before entering the land of Nod, with his charming little mistress."
The first of a set of nine pieces, which tell stories of the forest world. They were inspired by some of Schumann's favorite verses from the romantic German poetry of the 19th century. This track is from the album 'Voices of the Woods' and is available at CDBABY here: http://www.cdbaby.com/halfreedman3
From the collection 'Estampes' (Engravings) by Claude Debussy. This piece was inspired by the Javanese Gamelan which Debussy first heard at an international exhibition in Paris. here is the definition of Gamelan from Wikipedia:
A gamelan is a traditional musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Java and Bali, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums) and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included. For most Indonesians, gamelan music is an integral part of Indonesian culture.
The term refers more to the set of instruments than to the players of those instruments. A gamelan is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together – instruments from different gamelan are generally not interchangeable.
From my Cd album 'Debussy-Nature Myth Legend
Arabesque-derivation: French, from Italian arabesco Arabian in fashion, from arabo Arab, from Latin Arabus
An elaborate design of intertwined floral figures or complex geometrical patterns. An ornamental design that is fanciful and free flowing.
Many pianists professional and amateur alike play this piece in the style of a 'romantic' Chopin nocturne. However, Debussy's tempo indication is clearly marked 'Con Moto' (with motion) and this piece is more akin to a baroque dance, than a romantic nocturne. I have played it in the manner of the great French pianist 's Philippe Entremont and Gaby Casadesus, a contemporary of Debussy. I share their opinion on the interpretation of this work.