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    I've never heard the etudes. Better than the preludes?

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    Not "better", different : more difficult to grasp as there aren't in them the poetic pictures of the preludes, they are more abstract, but there are beautiful colors and harmonies in them. The second book is beautiful.

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    Like BMW and Audi I guess.

    As long as those etudes are pithy, I'm in!
    Last edited by hpowders; Feb-27-2014 at 17:27.

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    First listen to the Danses Sacree Et Profane! Neat

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    I really like La Mer, I do see the sea in this music, the crashing waves etc. But that's the result when a composer titles a work specifically, I can't see anything else.

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    Default Debussy



    Ja.



    Oui.



    Si.
    "Let me have my own way in exactly everything, and a sunnier and more pleasant creature does not exist." - Thomas Carlyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by arcaneholocaust View Post
    First listen to the Danses Sacree Et Profane! Neat
    That's a seldom discussed work and fine one. My favorite performance of this work is still Boulez on Columbia (Sony).
    "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." - Sergei Rachmaninov

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    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.
    Isn't it reasonable to assume that the normal circumstance of hearing such a work is that you know what the title is? Consequently, whilst I'll not bet on 100%, I'd bet on at least 50%.
    "There is no 'greatest', but there is 'better'."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Isn't it reasonable to assume that the normal circumstance of hearing such a work is that you know what the title is? Consequently, whilst I'll not bet on 100%, I'd bet on at least 50%.
    I'm talking about classical music novices who wouldn't have ever heard La Mer. I could draft say 5-10 teenagers who spend most of their time at the mall or on Facebook and play it for each of them and ask them what they think the music represents, each alone, without consulting their friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arcaneholocaust View Post
    First listen to the Danses Sacree Et Profane! Neat
    Yes, I have this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I'm talking about classical music novices who wouldn't have ever heard La Mer. I could draft say 5-10 teenagers who spend most of their time at the mall or on Facebook and play it for each of them and ask them what they think the music represents, each alone, without consulting their friends.
    Yes, you could load the experiment that way...
    "There is no 'greatest', but there is 'better'."

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I've never heard the etudes. Better than the preludes?
    Actually about a month ago I did recommend the Debussy Etudes to you, in this thread:

    http://www.talkclassical.com/8239-th...er-you-76.html

    Your response was "Ahhh finally something I can whistle!"

    I guess they must not have been very memorable to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    Actually about a month ago I did recommend the Debussy Etudes to you, in this thread:

    http://www.talkclassical.com/8239-th...er-you-76.html

    Your response was "Ahhh finally something I can whistle!"

    I guess they must not have been very memorable to you!
    Still haven't heard them.

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    I recently discovered his Symphony in B Minor, which existed only as a 2-piano piece in his lifetime. It is a good piece, considering that he wrote it when he was 18. Both the 2-piano and an orchestrated version are on youtube.

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    Still haven't heard the Etudes.

    Watch this thread for updates.

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