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    Quote Originally Posted by tortkis View Post
    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.

    What a wonderful discovery on my first day here on the forum! I had no idea this was out there. You can hear some of the youthful exuberance of the Piano Raphsody, and here and there a little something that says somehow, "This Is Debussy." And what superb orchestration! I am inclined to think that the master would approve. But, then we are talking about Debussy. No telling how that inscrutable genius might react...

    I wonder who the two other young gentlemen are? One could almost pass for Ravel, but the age difference is too great, n'est-ce pas?

    Thank you for posting this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Diemer View Post
    I wonder who the two other young gentlemen are? One could almost pass for Ravel, but the age difference is too great, n'est-ce pas?
    From the video description: "Debussy is sitting on the floor, next to Pyotr Danilshenko (a violoncellist) and Ladislas Pashulsky (a violinist), both friends of Nadezhda von Meck, Tchaikovsky's devoted sponsor".

    Debussy was acquainted with her (don't know how) when she stayed in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugeneonagain View Post
    From the video description: "Debussy is sitting on the floor, next to Pyotr Danilshenko (a violoncellist) and Ladislas Pashulsky (a violinist), both friends of Nadezhda von Meck, Tchaikovsky's devoted sponsor".

    Debussy was acquainted with her (don't know how) when she stayed in Europe.
    If I'm not mistaken, the young Debussy actually went to stay awhile with her. He may have given piano lessons while there.

    Addendum: From wikipedia:

    During the summers of 1880, 1881, and 1882, he accompanied Nadezhda von Meck, the wealthy patroness of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, as she travelled with her family in Europe. The young composer's many musical activities during these vacations included playing four-hand pieces with von Meck at the piano, giving music lessons to her children, and performing in private concerts with some of her musician friends.[13] Despite von Meck's closeness[citation needed] to Tchaikovsky, the Russian master appears[to whom?] to have had minimal effect on Debussy.[citation needed] In September 1880 she sent his Danse bohémienne for Tchaikovsky's perusal; a month later Tchaikovsky wrote back to her: "It is a very pretty piece, but it is much too short. Not a single idea is expressed fully, the form is terribly shriveled, and it lacks unity." Debussy did not publish the piece, and the manuscript remained in the von Meck family; it was eventually sold to B. Schott's Sohne in Mainz, and published by them in 1932.[14]
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