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Topic: Debussy- Les tierces alternées  (Read 10754 times)

Offline thorn

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Debussy- Les tierces alternées
on: May 21, 2008, 10:20:15 PM
In a few weeks I am doing a concert of the Debussy Préludes, and I find this one pretty difficult to talk about in terms of keeping audience interest; like they've heard all but one of the others all of which have had something to grab their imagination and then you have this.

The only thing I can think of to say is along the lines of it anticipating the Etudes, but that won't mean much to a non musical audience, who may or may not even understand what a third is.

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Offline dnephi

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Re: Debussy- Les tierces alternées
Reply #1 on: May 22, 2008, 06:58:49 AM
There's a great color contrast if you have the faster sections very separated and without pedal and the slower sections more blurred, but what I think really sells it is just raw virtuosity. 

For us musicians, the music of Beethoven is the pillar of fire and cloud of mist which guided the Israelites through the desert.  (Roughly quoted, Franz Liszt.)

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