08.25.08

Playlist Week!

Posted in Life in general, Music at 6:55 am by Marion

SOUL CHILL

This week FD looks at music. Each day I’ll post a new playlist of the music that keeps me sane. On Thursday I’ll have a special guest playlist that aims for the stars.

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) is the great soul chiller. Impressionism wasn’t just about canvas. This French composer captures fleeting sensations of joy, light and youth with tones you won’t hear anywhere else.

Debussy’s music for solo piano restores order to the disarray inside, stills the storm and brings soft winds. I have the complete works for solo piano on four discs, played by Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Children’s Corner — These six pieces evoke images with unexpected chords, complex rhythm and playful, transcendent, melodies. Starting with Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum through the final Golliwog’s Cake Walk, it is a marvel. Snowflakes are Dancing was a childhood favorite and a benchmark for impressionism in music.

Suite Bergamasque — This great suite of four pieces is a triumph for piano. Claire de Lune is only part of the wonder.

Arabesque No. 1 in E — One of my favorites for its simplicity and joy.

Prelude: La Fille au Cheveau de Lin — Another simple melody that is arresting for its beauty.

Prelude: Minstrels — What a piece this is! It is so modern it could have been written yesterday, with its crazy flourishes. Yet it’s still cohesive and beautiful.

Masques — One of Debussy’s declarative pieces with an insistence and sense of rigor.

Sarabande — Another classic piece, with a sense of mournfulness.

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