Debussy and the Piano: Part I

Monday, August 20, 2012

In this, the first of five installments of WQXR's special series, "Debussy and the Piano," David Dubal presents a vintage recording of Debussy playing from the Children’s Corner Suite, an explanation of why Debussy wasn’t a fan of Beethoven, and an exploration on how France and French culture influenced his aesthetic.

Debussy and the Piano: Part I, Playlist

1) Debussy, Claude: “Images,” Set 1: ‘Reflets dans l’eau’ (Reflections in the Water)
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano

2) Debussy, Claude: La plus que lente
Artur Rubinstein, piano

3) Debussy, Claude: Preludes: Book I: “Minstrels”
Walter Gieseking, piano

4) Debussy, Claude: “Pour le piano”: ‘Sarabande’
Claudio Arrau, piano

5) Debussy, Claude: Etude No. 6, “for Eight Fingers”
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

6) Debussy, Claude: Etude No. 6, “for Eight Fingers”
Vladimir Horowitz, piano

7) Debussy, Claude: Preludes: Book I: “Des pas sur la neige” (Steps on the snow)
Alfred Cortot, piano

8) Debussy, Claude: Etude No. 9 “Pour les notes repetees” (For repeated notes)
Maurizio Pollini, piano

9) Debussy, Claude: “Children’s Corner”: ‘Golliwogg’s Cake-walk’
Andre Watts, piano

10) Debussy, Claude: “Children’s Corner”: ‘Golliwogg’s Cake-walk’
Claude Debussy, piano

11) Debussy, Claude: “Suite Bergamasque”: ‘Clair de lune’
Friedrich Gulda, piano

12) Debussy, Claude: Pour le piano: Toccata
Samson Francois, piano


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Comments [4]

GZ from Toronto

Great episodes, however he has the worst (and incorrect) pronunciation of French words. At least learn how to correctly say the names of pieces!

Oct. 23 2012 02:42 PM
peter from Long Island

Fantastic to hear David Dubal's programs again. I missed his shows since he left the station.

Sep. 04 2012 01:31 PM
dora from NJ

Dear WQXR: Thank you for making this special program hosted by David Dubal available online!! We love hearing the return of his most wonderful voice introducing/discussing the ever beautiful piano pieces. We look forward to hearing his voice on a regular basis. When will you bring his popular "Reflection from the keyboard"???

Aug. 28 2012 01:49 PM
Bob Tonucci from Odenton, MD

For Dubal fans, there are 150 of his "A Musical Offering" programs from 1976 at the below link:

Aug. 24 2012 12:18 PM

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