In Honor of Debussy and Massenet

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Thursday, February 02, 2012

In memory of the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth and the 100th anniversary of Jules Massenet’s death, this week’s New York Philharmonic broadcast features several recordings of pieces by the two composers.

Program details:

Massenet: Scenes pittoresques, “Angelus.”

Debussy: Rhapsody for Saxophone and Piano.

Debussy: Images pour orchestra.

Debussy: Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien.

Massenet: Werther, "Pourquoi me reveiller?"

Comments [1]

David S Bundler

Wow, how unusual to see St Sebastien, rarely heard on radio, but well worth hearing, especially for any student of harmony or orchestration. The use of orchestral choirs in parallel chords is distinctive in this piece. An odd work also from someone not known for church themed music. I am not sure if this will be narrated or not, and not to spoil the plot, but the climax comes when St Sebastien, who is to be killed by his archers, says "He who loves me best will shoot straightest". Interesting where Debussy goes, since he is usually painting pictures. I think only Khamma has somebody dying like that, and that death is decidedly sad.

Feb. 02 2012 05:44 PM

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