Well, yeah, I’ve just completed my programme notes for the Saturday night concert, here it is –
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
He was a leading composer from the French Impressionist period.
Pour le piano � Pr�lude and Sarabande
He completed the work in 1901. At that time he was looking back at the baroque period. He looked back at rococo decorousness with a modern cynicism and puzzlement. The first part of the work, the Pr�lude, is the beginning of the work and has much excitement in it. Parts of it imitate the power of the pipe organ, especially the cadenza (the last section).
The Sarabande is a dance which probably originated from Spain. The sarabande is quite a slow piece, while its character is calm and peaceful. The chords and harmonies in this piece are rich and intimate. The chords and progressions that Debussy used in this piece make it very magical and majestic.
Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)
He was a Russian composer. He also was a teacher and liked children quite a lot. Because of that, many of his pieces contain humour and interesting rhythm.
Sonata No.3 In F major, completed 1946 � 3rd movement
Kabalevsky�s sense of humour shows up a lot in the last movement of his sonata. It starts out lightly, but halfway through he starts off the fiery part of the piece, before returning to the first theme and ending off with a bang.
Well, that’s it, I’m going to pack now…..
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