Ilya itin, piano this video was recorded at the golandsky institute international piano festival at princeton university. Roge has recorded a number of the french standards over the years. The purpose of this thesis is to discuss and give a descriptive analysis of twelve of the twentyfour preludes written by claude debussy. The morning comes to consciousness of faint stale smells of beer from the sawdusttrampled street with all its muddy feet that press. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.
Notes on debussys preludes the piano without a master you see, one always writes too much and one never thinks enough, declared debussy in 1909. For all that, pollinis overall approach is consistent. Three years exist between the publication of the first and second book, with the former appearing in 1910. The performances tell it like it is or almost, for not all debussys very demanding contrasts of dynamics are observed, and i imagine collard has small hands, though she. Debussys most dramatic contribution to music history was his disregard for traditional chord. Claude debussy composed his two books of preludes during a remarkably brief periodthe first, between december 1909 and february 1910. Dovers book of debussy preludes is made of extremely high quality print on heavier paper than usual.
Bach and chopin, debussy s do not follow a strict pattern of key signatures. Several of them look ahead to debussys later style, in which the composers earlier impressionistic, almost romantic poetry was supplanted by a greater concentration upon technique and neoclassical objectivity. Claude debussys preludes are 24 pieces for solo piano, divided into two books of 12 preludes each. He was too good a composer to imitate debussy, although there are a few examples of direct influence it was. The titles are provided at the end of each prelude and left without dedication, with inspiration from impressionist artwork, literature, and nature. Like vladimir horowitz and glenn gould, michelangeli employs a relatively flatfingered technique for sustained legato passages and certain rotary arpeggios such as those in ce qua vu le vent douest.
Thirty years ago the idea of a historically informed debussy performance would have. Complete preludes, books 1 and 2 dover music for piano. Book i was written between december 1909 and february 1910. You get two discs for the price of one here, but the discs are only about 42 and 43 minutes worth. Ilya itin, piano this video was recorded at the golandsky institute international piano festival at.
Again starting in the mid register, the high point at each occurrence increases successively to a high point in measure 30. Some pedaling marks at the bottom if these pages were cut off. The purpose of this thesis is to discuss and give a descriptive analysis of twelve of the twentyfour preludes written by. These compositions, while endearing themselves to both pianist and listener, also occupy an important place in musical. Several pianists have performed the set out of order, and at. Unlike previous collections of preludes, such as those of j. Each book was written in a matter of months, at an unusually fast pace for debussy. One only prays and hopes that the rest of debussy s piano music is somewhere in the near future, probably along with at least the core ravel piano works if not all the ravel piano music. Stream adfree with amazon music unlimited on mobile, desktop, and tablet. Claudio arrau considered it to be one of debussys greatest preludes and said its miraculous that he created, in so few notes, this kind of depth. Evolving performance practice of debussys piano preludes.
He was too good a composer to imitate debussy, although there are a few examples of direct influence it. As he plays debussys book 1 preludes, you notice how effortlessly his arms, hands, and fingers are choreographed to the music. This year naxos celebrates the 150th anniversary of debussys birth by. This release may set a record for the temporal distance between two volumes of the same set. Like book 1, each piece was composed with the intention of being an individual piece, representing a visual. Debussys autograph manuscripts available for both book i of the. A complementary registral process is evident in the melody in the second half of the piece. A descriptive analysis of the preludes book 1 of claude. Triedandtrue favorite collections for the church pianist. Achilleclaude debussy august 22, 1862 march 25, 1918 was a french composer.
He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and. Peter breiner is one of the worlds most recorded musicians, with over 150 cds. Debussy preludes, bk 1 by claude debussy, paperback. Its not going to be everybodys cup of tea, but no one can doubt the clarity. Dressed in a chic tan turtleneck, untucked, but with a belt clasped around it, arturo benedetti michelangeli sits at the piano in an intimate studio in october, 1978. We have returned to the city in the morning, which is just coming to consciousness and here we get more personification since mornings arent really conscious its not such a lovely morning, though. Chopin, debussy composed twentyfour preludes in two books 1910 and 19. The composer who benefited most from this liberation was bartok, who was introduced to debussy s music by kodaly in 1907. Over three thousand early welte rolls exist, and many of the pieces. I had not heard any of these pieces until i purchased this set, but all are wonderful.
Dates for book ii are harder to come by, but the volume was published almost exactly three years after the first, on 19 april 19. Preludes books 1 and 2 paperback april 1, 1999 by claude debussy composer 4. One does not need to conjure up visions of the setting for this prelude, as simple geographic information about the small city will allow the listener to paint a sufficient picture. Amazon music unlimited subscribers can play 50 million songs, thousands of playlists. He is sometimes seen as the first impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. It is quite hard for me to describe just how beautiful this music is, i. For pierrelaurent aimard, the preludes are a reflection of what debussy saw and read and felt. The first book 1910 proved to be his most successful work. Both books 1 and 2 of debussys popular piano preludes are contained in this one sturdy volume. One only prays and hopes that the rest of debussys piano music is somewhere in the near future, probably along with at least the core ravel piano works if not all the ravel piano music. Aug 11, 2015 triedandtrue favorite collections for the church pianist.
Review of cd recording centaur records debussy preludes, bks. Along with maurice ravel, he is considered one of the most prominent figures working within the field of impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied to his compositions. Debussys most dramatic contribution to music history was his disregard for traditional chord structures and tonality. Claude debussy s painterly preludes the subtle, elusive quality of debussy s twentyfour preludes is captured perfectly by pianist paul jacobs, who plays them with a tolling, belllike sound. Unlike some notable collections of preludes from prior times, such as chopins op. Order from your preferred classical music cd store arkivmusic. This paper also includes a brief history of preludes as well as possible influences upon debussy and his compositions. Pascal roge recorded debussys preludes book 1 for decca some time ago, and he has remade them, together with book 2, marking the start of a complete cycle of this composers piano works. Apr 03, 2014 debussy preludes book 1 best of classical music. Preludes, book 2 another collection of 12 pieces composed as tone poems. Debussys intent becomes clear, and for the first time i realized how this music was meant to sound.
One could generalize a calculated registral alternation in the melody from mid to low to high registers. At any rate he made sure that his works were the final expression of his thought. Although you wont find krystian zimermans ultrarefined fingerwork and wide dynamic range, nor paul jacobs linear perception, theres much to. Aug 19, 2016 the composer who benefited most from this liberation was bartok, who was introduced to debussys music by kodaly in 1907. Claude debussys painterly preludes the subtle, elusive quality of debussys twentyfour preludes is captured perfectly by pianist paul jacobs, who plays them with a tolling, belllike sound. Debussy completed his two books of preludes in 1910 and 19 respectively, and they. Debussy preludes, book 1 by claude debussy 18621918. In this piece, debussy creates an engaging sonic atmosphere with just the piano, one that, if you let it, will conjure up images and ideas. Debussy 150 peter breiner orchestrates debussys 24 preludes. Canope preludes, book ii, 19 playing debussys piano works. Debussys two books of preludes amount to a revolution in piano writing, and reflect better that any of his other works the span of debussys achievement. He was one of the most important figures in music at the turn of the 20th century. Maurizio pollini brings cool elegance and unflappable sheen to debussys preludes book one. These compositions, while endearing themselves to both pianist and.
This piano piece was initially published in the year 1908 and is included in preludes by debussy. The works in debussys second book of preludes are similar in intent to those of book i 1907 1910. Claude debussy, who died a hundred years ago, was perhaps the first. His readings of the first book of preludes, and the first set of images is going to be much, much, much more than soothing pastel background music listening. Adopting the major piano works including the preludes, bartok absorbed the liberated message as deeply as he absorbed the idiom of the hungarian peasant.
Again, debussy gave a preliminary taster, performing the first three pieces on 5 march that is, before publication, and certainly all but no 11 were heard by the end of the year. Maurizio pollinis first book of debussy preludes appeared in 1999, and he took 19 years to ponder the present release. Debussy himself, who wrote little, thought a great deal. A descriptive analysis of the preludes book 1 of claude debussy showing 14 of 68 pages in this thesis. The twentyfour preludes of debussy are published in two books of twelve preludes each. Its not going to be everybodys cup of tea, but no one can doubt the clarity and the thought that has gone into the smallest. Sep 29, 2006 claudio arrau considered it to be one of debussys greatest preludes and said its miraculous that he created, in so few notes, this kind of depth. Achilleclaude debussy 22nd august 1862 25th march 1918 was a french composer. Jul 31, 2015 listen to your favorite songs from debussy. Chandos records is one of the worlds premier classical music record companies, best known for.
Debussys canope as narrative form college music symposium. Amazon music unlimited subscribers can play 50 million songs, thousands of playlists and adfree stations. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue creating free content. The beams on even the 32nd notes are very easy to distinguish many printers do not get such a high resolution and the spaces between 2 or 3 beams are often poorly defined resulting in fat black patches instead of distinct lines.70 809 970 963 654 1273 684 975 469 836 460 110 443 1014 1072 1378 250 671 147 264 423 1296 333 1120 1121 1490 189 850 843 1525 92 695 1087 85 355 338 94 934