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    Debussy and Ravel are both in my top 5.

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    What are some lesser known gems that are your favorites? Thinking outside the usual suspects (La Mer, Jeux, Preludes, Nocturnes, Etudes, etc)? Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    What are some lesser known gems that are your favorites? Thinking outside the usual suspects (La Mer, Jeux, Preludes, Nocturnes, Etudes, etc)? Cheers
    I love Debussy's Six Épigraphes Antiques. Very beautiful works, and unfortunately not performed very often.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    What are some lesser known gems that are your favorites? Thinking outside the usual suspects (La Mer, Jeux, Preludes, Nocturnes, Etudes, etc)? Cheers
    D's Cello Sonata is well worth a listen:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pmZRV3qRlA

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    What are some lesser known gems that are your favorites? Thinking outside the usual suspects (La Mer, Jeux, Preludes, Nocturnes, Etudes, etc)? Cheers
    I agree with the above suggestions, my favorite work you didn't list is the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp. I also really like the Petite Suite for piano (four hands) there is a really nice orchestration of it on youtube.

    The String Quartet deserves a mention, but I suppose it is one of the usual suspects.

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    Here I am again with more obscure Debussy! This is Debussy's incidental music for a play by Gabriele D'Annunzio, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    Here I am again with more obscure Debussy! This is Debussy's incidental music for a play by Gabriele D'Annunzio, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien.

    Abbado was such a fine conductor.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    I love Debussy's Six Épigraphes Antiques. Very beautiful works, and unfortunately not performed very often.
    I am vaguely familiar with this piece, but will revisit. Cheers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Fairlea View Post
    D's Cello Sonata is well worth a listen:
    Will do - I don't know it very well. Cheers!

    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    I agree with the above suggestions, my favorite work you didn't list is the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp. I also really like the Petite Suite for piano (four hands) there is a really nice orchestration of it on youtube.

    The String Quartet deserves a mention, but I suppose it is one of the usual suspects.
    LOVE both pieces! Thanks for the mentions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    Here I am again with more obscure Debussy! This is Debussy's incidental music for a play by Gabriele D'Annunzio, Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien.
    This I don't know at all - will check out. Thanks again.

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    +1 for his String Quartet. But I think his piano output is just breathtaking, especially those "Dancing Snowflakes"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gouts View Post
    +1 for his String Quartet. But I think his piano output is just breathtaking, especially those "Dancing Snowflakes"!
    Good ear for details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    What are some lesser known gems that are your favorites? Thinking outside the usual suspects (La Mer, Jeux, Preludes, Nocturnes, Etudes, etc)? Cheers
    Symphony in B minor is a lovely, attractive piece. The opening has a nice melancholic mood. I didn't know that Debussy wrote (or attempted to write) a symphony. Composed at the age of eighteen, it survived only as a score for piano four hands. The orchestration by Tony Finno is very good to my ears.


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    Going through a phase of Germanophobia, I seem to be listening to Debussy daily now, mostly fascinated by the lost sound of early 20c performers - Teyte, Danco, Inghelbrecht - P&M, Jeux, the string quartet, and newer recordings of his songs, with some Hyperion titles (led by Graham Johnson) on the way... Faure and Reynaldo Hahn keep getting more attention as well...
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    I'll leave the following for your consideration and one of Debussy's "coloured works", in Messiaen's subjective point of view.



    Olivier Messiaen: Coloured musicians are, I think, in order, first Monteverdi and Mozart.

    - When you speakof colour you mean orchestration for example?

    O.M.: No, it means the harmonies, the musical substratum... is coloured. So: Berlioz, Wagner are coloured, Mussorgsky, coloured, Debussy is extraordinarily coloured. Ravel is coloured and modern authors are less coloured.

    (...)

    O.M.: The serial school have written, perhaps, exclusively about morbid themes with works always staged at night. It's not a coincidence, Erwartung, by Schoenberg, it's in the night and a horrible subject, a woman finding her lover's corpse.

    - And you can add Wozzeck and...

    O.M.: Many other masterpieces, it can't be denied, but noir masterpieces.

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    After perusing some of the posts here on what makes Debussy's music so attractive, I certainly agree that his use of color, harmony and Eastern scales are a big part of his appeal. I would add that he was strikingly original. He simply thought in a different way about music. Impressionist painting - he disliked his music being called impressionistic, as is well known - was another influence. He was a composer who worked backwards in a sense, from effect to cause. That is, he first seems to have thought of how he wanted his music to affect the listener, and then figured out how to make that happen. Impressionist painters also were looking to create an emotional state in the listener. Feelings, emotive experiences, were paramount. (You like impressionism because of the way it makes you feel, rather than how "real" the painting is. Impressionists knew that what we see is only an approximation of what is actually "out there" anyway.) But it is also evident that improvisation played a big role, especially in his piano music. Inevitable, as he was an excellent pianist. You see it especially in the Preludes. But there is something else, in addition to all this. As groundbreaking as his music was, he was still a tonal composer. Embedded in even the most daring of his music are little sudden passages that can only be described as charming, delightful. I think it is this unique marriage of the charming and the exotic that gives his music such distinctiveness. Sometimes the charm is the whole piece, as in Reverie and the other lighter works which will forever delight listeners and performers. The Suite Bergamasque is full of it (charm, I mean). In Children's Corner Suite, we see the charm sandwiched in between dizzying passages (the scales in the opening movement), or emerging out of the pure coloristic effects of the Dancing Snowflakes. But if I had to sum it all up, I would say I love Debussy's music - especially his piano music - because it just makes me happy. It makes me smile. And that goes a long way in this noisy, unpleasant world we find ourselves in.
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