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Debussy—Préludes, Book One

Lecture no. 17 from the course: The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

Debussy—Préludes, Book One

Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 48 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses

Begin this lecture with reflections on Debussy’s personality and artistic influences, including that of French Symbolist poetry, as they influenced his musical creations. In his first book of Préludes, discover the remarkable compositional innovations that allowed him to craft these superlative short pieces. Focus on the storytelling content, ethereal textures, nuance, and harmonic originality of preludes including “Dancers of Delphi,” “The Wind in the Plain,” “Footprints in the Snow,” and the raucous “Minstrels.”

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