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    Quote Originally Posted by Bach View Post
    It's a bit of a shame that you're not interested in how that tradition developed later in the C20 (Messiaen Messiaen Messiaen Messiaen)

    Maybe one day. In fact, not maybe. I'm 100% certain. The Turangalîla-Symphonie will be your way in. Guarantee.
    Perhaps, Bach you are right. I will give Messiaen another listen sometime and it will definitely be the "Turangalila Symphonie" that I listen to.

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    I'm quite sure you'll love it. The orchestration is so exotic and fascinating. Even if the harmony is a bit baffling (which it certainly can be) the orchestration should be enough to interest you. Usage of the Ondes Martenot is particularly beguiling.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondes_Martenot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bach View Post
    I'm quite sure you'll love it. The orchestration is so exotic and fascinating. Even if the harmony is a bit baffling (which it certainly can be) the orchestration should be enough to interest you. Usage of the Ondes Martenot is particularly beguiling.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondes_Martenot
    Ah yes the Ondes Martenot. I saw a clip of somebody in the orchestra playing it during that Messiaen. I wondered "What in the hell was that?" Interesting....

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    Sometimes in the thick of his unearthly tutti sections you hear the Ondes whirling and screaming above the texture.. it's beautiful.
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    Turangalila "symphony" is a really weird aliens-from-space type of work. That's all I can say about it for now, I don't know whether I like it or not. Needs more digesting probably.

    But back to Debussy. I actually listened to some Debussy way before I seriously got into classical. The first thing I heard from him was the piano piece L'isle Joyeuse and it's still a very special one for me, my Debussy favorite and perhaps my favorite piano composition ever. I fell in love with its colorful harmonies. The reason I wanted to listen to Debussy was a bit weird actually; I had studied some music theory and I heard Debussy used all kinds of weird/fancy stuff I had learned, like whole tone scales, modes etc. So I wanted to listen what is sounded like in actual music.

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    Speaking of aliens from space, but in a different vein, I listened to Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn today and found it reminded me of Alexander Courage's theme music for the old Star Trek show. I'm even starting to think Courage subconsciously borrowed this melody and messed with it only slightly. Or maybe it's just coincidental phrases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dim7 View Post
    Turangalila "symphony" is a really weird aliens-from-space type of work. That's all I can say about it for now, I don't know whether I like it or not. Needs more digesting probably.

    But back to Debussy. I actually listened to some Debussy way before I seriously got into classical. The first thing I heard from him was the piano piece L'isle Joyeuse ...
    Funny to read this comment as I heard L'isle Joyeuse in a concert last week and thought how much some of Messiaen's music seemed like a continuation of this soundworld. As for Turangalila, have heard it twice in concert, the first time in NZ 30 odd year's ago where it evidently came across as overwhelmingly bombastic for lots of folk who got up and left before the work had finished. That was in stark contrast to the second time I heard it in a park in Paris on a summer's evening where it went down as a very cool and groovy piece to have a picnic to.

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    Love it. Much easier to listen to imo than many of the Romantic Composers. Baroque is still my favorite but I appreciate Debussy's style of music. Very relaxing.

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    Oh my, what lay ahead for Claude-Achille and Lilly.


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    Big fan of Debussy here. Loved him since I laid my ears on Prelude to the afternoon of a faun.
    I just wonder if anyone has heard this stunning little vocal piece youtube decide to throw at me one day?
    "Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orléans"
    It's sorta like his piano pieces, soft and expressive only more tonal. Ravel(who I also love) made his own Chansons which is also pretty alluring.

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    Ah. No one plays Debussy's piano music better than "Paul Crossley". Or impressionism generally
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    What about Uchida?

    I love the Debussy Etudes - for a non-piano lover (ex-piano player *groan*) that's saying something!

    I have a version by a German guy - Roland Keller too:



    It's out of print now, but I've been listening to that since I was about 8years old (blame the parents). Somebody tell me it's a really bad interpretation lol. There's got to be a reason for my pianophobia (although I actually love this disc).

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    Heard little from Uchida. Should check out Paul Crossley though. Or at least Håkon Austbø. They are amazing
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    I love CLaude Debussy's compositoons, they are very tender and touching... My favorite is “Claire de Lune”. I've recently found it in a new for me performance of Maxim Rysanov. The music is astonishing! This and lots of other compositions of french composers like Ravel, Faure and Dubugnon are on his new cd called "Pavane", which I've found at eclassical.com.

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    Schoenb122.jpg

    This is a very nice reduction of "faun." It was done for Schoenberg's Society for Private Musical Performances.

    One of my favorite recordings is Richter playing Preludes, Book II:

    img.RichterInSpoleto764.jpg

    BTW, to some of you out there, it's "faun," not "fawn." It's not about Bambi, but a more anthropomorphic creature, half-human, half-goat, associated with Pan, who might be horny for nymphs.
    Last edited by millionrainbows; Nov-09-2012 at 17:41.

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