Sorry to burst what may be a bubble, but it was Debussy who played (sight-read, actually!) the second part of Stravinsky's four hand piano reduction of Le Sacre with Stravinsky, Stravinsky wanting to show the work to Debussy.
Ergo, Debussy was first-hand familiar with the score, and if he was hollering "Genius" at the premiere, it was as a player-participant in that very Parisian tradition of "let's riot over an artistic work," and not out of stunned first-exposure surprise.
Last edited by PetrB; Dec-05-2013 at 23:52.
It's starting to make sense...
Give me 10 non-classical music folks. Play La Mer for each of them. Ask what the music describes. Bet not one says the sea or the ocean.
He composed La Mer, a good deal of it anyway, during the summer of 1903 while in a summer residence high in the mountains of France, inland and land-locked. He completed it in the summer of 1905, when visiting the Grand Hotel Eastbourne on the English Channel coast.
The piece is, in form, a symphony in all but name, the title I'm certain while sincere also being a red herring slight of hand to avoid the word "symphony" which was, for Debussy both as a young composer and as a "Frenchman," yet another Germanic tradition he did not want to be thought of as pursuing.
Hollywood weeps! Film At Eleven.
Last edited by PetrB; Feb-16-2014 at 22:58.
I'm not a Debussy fan and I find La Mer dullsville.
From an early review of La Mer: "The audience seemed rather disappointed: they expected the ocean, something big, something colossal, but they were served instead with some agitated water in a saucer."
I am a big Debussy fan and I find La Mer a little disappointing as well. He's got better stuff imo. A recommended set to dig deeper into Debussy's repertoire.
Odd man out.
I love La Mer and Debussy.
When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.
How the hell do you expect people to play "La Cathedrale Engloutie" without DISLOCATING THEIR FINGERS!!!!!?
Has it struck you that the music which is regarded as the most sublime in western civilization, which is the music of Bach, is called baroque? ~ Pierre Schaeffer
Baroque is all you need to know about my musical tastes.
I really love his etudes and preludes.