Such sounds in nature conjure up a picture in our mind of falling water, or droplets on ponds, or fountains. Some have heard pre-echoes here of the sort of piano music Stravinsky and Bartók would write a generation later. His playing exemplifies the elegance and subtlety said to distinguish French pianism, in his interpretation of the works of compatriot composers Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, and Poulenc, among others. Within these narrow confines, Debussy explores the idea of bells sounding through leaves, or at least through some substance that flickers and undulates. I wondered if you went to Xavier U. I really love the school and the only real reason I go there is because of Prof.
I believe it should be Bb C Eb Db C, not D natural, which that edition has. It's great that you have so much respect for your teacher. A second theme enters at 7:11 that consists of rising and falling chords. You played the Db, which I think is correct. The second panel of the triptych, Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut, leads on from Pagodes in the Estampes in its exploitation, not so much of Oriental sounds like the gamelan, though these are certainly present, as of an Oriental stillness and stasis. It is built upon a moto perpetuo of triplets, creating a near endless and unstoppable torrent of notes throughout almost every measure of the finale.
I suspect you were playing softer than it seemed in some sections. I have recommended the site to many of my friends who play the piano. Reflets dans l'eau, Reflections in the Water, calm opening and closing with repeated octaves and fifths in middle. It was written in 1905. Notes scan: score scanned at 600dpi filter: score filtered with 2-point algorithm explained in. In the first piece, Debussy magnificently captures the image of its title: reflections in the water.
Some chords re-distributed between the hands, some limiting of octave leaps, fewer ties and more clarity as to when each musical event begins, and less concern with how long a chord lasts. I provide the original scanned version and the filtered, because the filter does some changes smoothening, sharpening borders and some portions of the scan get lost sometimes when they are too small e. As the notes climb in register on the piano 18:24 , the sound dies away. To find the scores locally would have been inpossible as it was a smaller town, the nearest music store 45 minutes away. Maybe the loud chords are something splashing into the water and the high sparkly things are the ripples or something.
It is helpful that many of the scores include an audio clip of the piece being played. There are so many notes! I'm like you, I have a Master of Music from a school that you've probably never heard of, certainly no Julliard or Indiana University, that's for sure. While Reflets is a dramatic piece, it closes quietly, almost with a touch of solemnity, as resonant chords replace the prior arpeggios and the principal three-note motif sounds like a reminder of the scene that has just passed by. The same drips which ask the questions answer them. I have a performance of the shostakovich though my accompanist comes in half a page early in one spot! What edition did you use? That performance was from about a year ago and I've improved a lot since then and right now some pieces I am playing are Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto, Chopin 10-1, 10-4, Brahms Variations on a Theme by Schumann, and Prokofiev's Seventh Sonata. I know some people who hate their teacher, but they want a degree from that school. Judgements are handed down, a world is set in motion.
But if you haven't, you should check out Ravel - particularly La Gaspard de la Nuit of course , Jeux d'eau which I have also played, a great and difficult piece , Mirors, Le Tambeau de Couperin, and his two piano concertos, one which is only for the left hand and is one of the most extraordinary musical examples of impressionism reaching new emotional heights and harmonic territory. The fact that twins often have simultaneous thoughts would then seem to arise from their shared atoms at birth. The excitement builds until the opening theme returns to close out the work at 12:02. Don't know much about Ravel or Faure. Debussy is dimly focused on interested in surviewing his contents, that is, in suggesting the pictures by the sounds, so obvious water sounds come to fabricate less and less obvious pictures which move and ripple on the water, monsters of the id rising from the deep, where sounds stand in for pictures, interpretations of nature, even philosophy.
The piece creates an image of water being not quite still, then becoming rapid, then decreasing in motion again. There are many miscellaneous pieces as well. Composed in 1905 this volume of Images, comprised of three contrasting pieces, demonstrates conciseness, deep dramatic content and colorful tonal imagery. When it's all said and done, we all go back to Beethoven anyway, right? Music is transformed into grammar, into meaning. Composers everywhere explored new ways to create sound and atmosphere in their music. This is one of the many pieces Debussy wrote about water; in particular, light reflecting off its surface. I will try and upload more videos and maybe audio because I really like everyone's comments.
I'm not trying to pick on you or anything, it's just that those soft figures should sound completely different then the loud chords. Open 5ths in the right hand encircle rapid triplets in the left until a bell motif rings out at 14:50, and a cheerful, dance-like theme enters at 15:15 that echoes down the keyboard. And so the lowly musician may have some reasonable basis for attempting to draw parallels between notes, to twin themes. Only in the middle section is the stream of triplet partially broken, yet hardly detained in pushing onward. You may ask me for a manually cleaned version. At the last minute they requested some Chopin, which I had not brought with me.
The pieces are all well-graded and the audio is really useful, especially for pieces not heard before. But puzzling to the heart, This spring was neither fierce nor gay; This summary autumn fell without a tear; No tinkling music-box can play The slow, deep-grounded masses of the year. All of the themes reappear at the end, swirling around each other until the final, muted chord. The recording is not great, so it can obscure the best efforts at dynamics. Actually, well the one I played is from a set of three and all three are good.
His fresh, orchestral perspective gleaned from the massive symphonic work guided his hand in composing Images, and this piano work showcases his creative and unique compositional style. I agree with everything you said. . In Cloches à travers les feuilles, apart from two forte chords in the middle, the dynamics are set at piano and below. Mouvement, a fast closing piece with continuous triplets in either hand. The repetition and growing complexity of the chordal melody from the beginning has inevitably been compared to dropping stones into the surface of water and watching the patterns of ripples interweave.