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Thread: If I prefer Debussy's orchestral works, who/what should I listen to next?

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    Senior Member Prodromides's Avatar
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    I recommend music by Andre Caplet (if austere religiosity doesn't disagree with your aesthetics) and/or Charles Koechlin (especially Koechlin's Persian Hours)

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    Debussy was not only an innovator in the technical sense but also opened up new avenues in Western music in terms of his philosophy. He summed it up as "composers alone have the privilege of capturing all the poetry of night and day, of earth and sky, of recreating their atmosphere and of setting their mighty pulsations within a rhythmic framework."

    Apart from what has already been suggested:

    Messiaen 8 Preludes for piano

    Grainger In a Nutshell (particularly the Pastoral movement), this piece exists in piano and orchestrated form

    Villa-Lobos Solo piano pieces (eg. Festa no sertao, Alma brasileira, A lenda de cabocio, Impressoes seresteiras), also his Saxophone Concerto (Debussy wrote his Rhapsody arabe for the instrument) - the Brazilian absorbed influences such as Debussy while in France.

    Sculthorpe's Fifth Continent (particularly the "Pacific" movement), not influenced by Debussy but nevertheless presenting imagery of nature (somewhat like Britten's Four Sea Interludes already mentioned).

    Glanville-Hicks Three Gymnopedies for oboe, harp, celesta, strings, again not such an exact match but you may like it.

    Jerry Goldsmith "Papillon" film score, particularly "The Gift from the Sea" sequence (direct influence of Debussy and Ravel).

    Walton "Henry V" film score, the "Harfleur" and "The Night Watch" segments. A bit of La Mer as well as Rapsodie Espagnole made it into this. The Chandos recording is excellent.

    Plus Cyril Scott, who according to what I have read was doing similar things to Debussy at the same time, and he was a lifelong friend of Percy Grainger who helped save many of his works from oblivion. Perhaps others who know his music can offer specific pieces, although his piano music has been extensively recorded.

    I would second the suggestion of Janacek, at least his piano piece "In the Mists" (Im Nebel), and other solo piano music (not so much his music for piano with other instruments).
    Last edited by Sid James; Jul-15-2018 at 04:27. Reason: Added Walton
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