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Debussy: Prelude - Des pas sur la neige Book 1 No. 6

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Claude Debussy - Preludes :
Prelude - Des pas sur la neige, Book 1 No. 6
Prelude - Des pas sur la neige Book 1 No. 6  by Debussy piano sheet music
Key: n/a Year: 1908
Level: 8+ Period: Impressionism
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (697 kB)

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xx Debussy: Des pas sur la neige
December 14, 2010, 05:32:19 AM by furtwaengler

Prelude VI. Book 1 Des pas sur la neige

File this under "just for fun." I recorded these today, December 13, 2010. I have not been, and am not working on this prelude. I was inspired by the quick change of the weather, the first snow of the season with all the scene evokes, and I told some friends I'd record this Debussy prelude if I could get to a piano. Of course I cannot settle anything in my mind and recorded 7 separate takes (that's one way to get to know a piece.). And I still cannot decide, so I got it down to three differing takes I'm sharing here, and I'll narrow it down to one later. The first is my favorite, but it's very soft. It and the bottom most recording were played with the Tascam recorder out at the end of the hall, and that bottom most recording was done sans una corda as an experiment (the recordings themselves are very quiet). The other one in the middle is closely mic-ed with the recorder placed under the Yamaha grand. I have some other ideas I'd like try with the piece...it was to late for the deadline I set.

As an interesting coupling, and not to take away from either...I find myself in the weather also thinking about Robert Frost's poem, Desert Places:

Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast
In a field I looked into going past,
And the ground almost covered smooth in snow,
But a few weeds and stubble showing last.

The woods around it have it--it is theirs.
All animals are smothered in their lairs.
I am too absent-spirited to count;
The loneliness includes me unawares.

And lonely as it is that loneliness
Will be more lonely ere it will be less--
A blanker whiteness of benighted snow
With no expression, nothing to express.

They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars--on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.


xx Debussy, "Des pas sur la neige"
July 20, 2006, 12:25:07 AM by rachfan

From Preludes, Book I

xx Debussy - De pas sur la neige
July 18, 2006, 09:05:37 AM by Nightscape

Such a sad composition from Debussy.  One of my favorites though.  I played Book I of the preludes last year, yet this is the only one I can still play!  I've decided that I'm just not technically ready for the harder preludes, like no. 5 and 7 and it's best to wait a few years before tackling them again.

Anyways, if you could give me some interperative comments on this that'd be great.  Thanks!

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