Piano Music of Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy
Jerry Wong, piano

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CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862 - 1918)

Des pas sur la neige (Préludes, Book I)
Snow is Dancing (Children's Corner)
La sérénade interrompue (Préludes, Book I)
Serenade of the Doll (Children's Corner)
Danseuses de Delphes (Préludes, Book I)
La danse de Puck (Préludes, Book I)
Berceuse héroïque
Jimbo's Lullaby (Children's Corner)

I. Prélude
II. Menuet
III. Clair de lune
IV. Passepied

Valse romantique
La plus que lente
Danse – Tarantelle Styrienne
Minstrels (Préludes, Book I)
Général Lavine – eccentric (Préludes, Book II)

Program Notes:  The piano music of Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is significant, varied and timelessly endearing. Writing for the piano allowed the revolutionary composer an opportunity to explore groundbreaking ideas, both harmonically and pianistically. A honing of compositional technique is apparent in these works, alongside a clear fascination with the wide-ranging potential of the piano as an instrument. Examples abound of Debussy’s so-called “impressionistic” style, a term befitted upon his music by art critics, and not the composer himself. The technical element of Debussy’s craft is but one intriguing aspect. More immediate to the listener is the radiance of color, the vividness of each character and the communication of something deeply personal.

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