Recorded on 08/26/2006, uploaded on 02/09/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
may be translated as moor or heath; its straightforward harmonies and calm pace
suggest a placid, expansive landscape and a far horizon. It also recalls
Debussy's early piano pieces, especially the two "Arabesques," which
like "Bruyères" feature rippling, decorative arpeggios. It provides
an interval of gentle contemplation before we hear "Général Lavine -
excentric." This rollicking prelude is named for a music-hall dancer who's
portrayed via a cakewalk - a dance style popular in the early 20th century.
Once again, Debussy seems to have placed this little vignette with its
toe-tapping tunes as a deliberate contrast to the almost indeterminate sound of
Notes by Andrea Lamoreaux
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