Posts Tagged ‘impressionist’

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Debussy Children’ s Corner: Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

May 21, 2011

Yay for Debussy’s Children’s Corner! 😀 Debussy made a series called ‘Children’s Corner’ for children. Well, duh!

I instantly fell in love with it the moment I heard it. That was when I was in 5th grade. Understandably, I was a ‘child’ back then. Well, still am. Anyways, so I decided to play it in my recital. That was 20o5… I think I still have the video file of me playing but I do not know where. I remember I played Chopin’s four hands ballade along with it. I miss those times 😥

What did I like so much about this piece? I recall I liked it because it was ‘cool’. It literally looked cool, too. When you actually see someone playing it, the hands cover such a wide range of keyboard from very high to very low, and left hand and right hand interlock or cross each other. Those cool staccatos that go ‘boing! boing! boing!’ and fingers moving restlessly… they all looked very, very cool. (I still think so. :P) And it was something I’ve never tried. It was so different from classy classical pieces. It was so… impressionist. It was so dreamy, and I was picturing really soft clouds.

Practicing this piece was as fun as it looked. Probably the best piece I’ve done in my life. I never got bored practicing it. It was amazing how the music was so different, yet so self-explanatory. I just got the music. It just really appealed to me the way other pieces had not.

Now looking back, I think it was the way it touched my emotions. It touched something deep within me, because Debussy had strived to convey our emotions just the way they are. And the dynamics! Just for children full of energy. The piece was just for me.

When I play or listen to it now, I remember the time I practiced it really hard after school every day and I feel a sort of longing to go back. I was so happy back then… and this music had just captured me. I don’t think I practice as hard now. 🙂 HAHA I ‘m too busy. But I often wonder if that’s only an excuse. :/

I was recently playing Clair de Lune by Debussy. It’s different from Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum in a way that it is not as exciting or dynamic. However, it has a mature beauty in it. It is so subtly beautiful! I wonder if I will ever be released by Debussy’s everlasting beauty. I shall always be enraptured as long as I live. 🙂

For my next entry, I think I am going to write on Clair de Lune. Why? Because it is equally beautiful and enthralling.:P

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Introducing Claude Debussy

April 29, 2011

So here comes my FAVORITE COMPOSER!! ❤

He is my most favorite composer in the world, of all times. Period. He is such an amazing guy! I am very looking forward to writing more about his incredible music.

So, before talking about his music, I felt it was important that you knew about his background first.

Here goes. He is certainly very modern in the history of classical music. 1862-1918 does not seem very modern to you? Well, in the story of classical music, it certainly is. We are talking about CLASSICS, after all. 🙂 He joined the impressionist movement, both musical and cultural. That is how his music feels very dreamy and doesn’t make sense all the time, but appealing to emotions. Imagine Claude Monet! (Ohh I’ve just realized that they have the same first name!! :D) Picture his paintings in your mind. Debussy is just like Monet, except he expressed it in music. Very cool, eh? I think so too. 🙂 And that is exactly why I love him.

It is hard to touch the sphere of human mind. It is equally hard, if not harder, to express it, whether it be art, music, or literature. Simply put it this way: human mind is too complicated, yet simple, and is very ILLOGICAL. Do we always feel what we think? The answer is an absolute no. Do we think what we feel? Also, a no.

Debussy, however, being an excellent composer, and philosopher (to me, personally), does a great job of doing that. There is logic in his music, definitely. And then, it starts to ramble. But it is not an ugly chaos. It is a beautiful one, because it conveys the deep emotions and unconsciousness of human mind. Got confused while listening to his music? Listen to it one more time. Relax. It’s nothing hard. It is your own emotion. There is no denying. It evokes your emotions. It calls something deep within your soul. You will get it when you listen relaxedly; don’t think too complicated. After all, human mind is not a complication. It’s rather simple, I would say.

He is such a beautiful painter of music. And of human mind. He is such a beautiful poet of music. And of human mind. He is such a beautiful composer of music. And yet, he is not a composer of human mind.

He expresses what he sees in human mind. But he does not create what is in it. He merely inspects it and crafts it. Isn’t that so beautiful? That is one thing that really catches me. And exactly why I love music.

Ok, so I’m done talking for this post, I think. With the next post, I will get one of his pieces and explain that more in depth, in Debussian point of view. Thanks! 🙂

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