Debussy and the Piano: Part IV

Thursday, August 23, 2012

In this, the fourth of five installments of WQXR's special series, "Debussy and the Piano," David Dubal examines the composer’s life through his correspondences with patrons and colleagues.


Debussy and the Piano, Part IV - Playlist:

1) Debussy, Claude: Preludes, Book 1/3: “La vent dans la plaine” (The wind on the plain)
Claude Debussy, piano

2) Debussy, Claude: Preludes, Book 1/3: “La vent dans la plaine” (The wind on the plain)
Friedrich Gulda, piano

3) Debussy, Claude: Pour le piano: Prelude
Samson Francois, piano

4) Debussy, Claude: “Images,” Set II: ‘Cloches a travers les feuilles’ (Bells through the leaves)
Ivan Moravec, piano

5) Debussy, Claude: Preludes: Book 1: “Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest” (What the west wind saw)
Alfred Cortot, piano

6) Debussy, Claude: “Arabesque” No. 2 in G
Zoltan Kocsis, piano

7) Debussy, Claude: Sixteen Preludes: Feux d’artifice (Fireworks)
David Bar-Illan, piano

8) Debussy, Claude: Sixteen Preludes: Feux d’artifice (Fireworks)
Krystrian Zimerman, piano

9) Debussy, Claude: Etudes No. 1 “Pour cinq doigts” (For five fingers)
Vladimir Horowitz, piano

10) Debussy, Claude: Etudes No. 1 “Pour cinq doigts” (For five fingers)
Mitusko Uchida, piano

11) Debussy, Claude: Hommage to Haydn
Walter Gieseking, piano

12) Debussy, Claude: L’Isle joyeuse (The Isle of Joy)
Van Cliburn, piano


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Comments [3]

Silversalty from Broooooklyyyyyn

In preceding programs I said that Debussy's difficult on pianists playing his own music but usually very generous with his time in giving pianists advice. However, he told the pianist, Marguerite Long, there was a pianist that came to him and "he insisted that the tempos of my pieces should be different than my own. After he played I said to him, 'There are some who write music, some who edit it, and YOU, who does as he pleases.' This is all I said. I looked at my carpet and this scoundrel will never tread on it again!"

"Who's the Boss?" A Glenn Gould progenitor?

In one of the films about Gould someone relates a story about Gould playing a piece by a composer, for the composer. The composer interrupts Gould and tells him he's playing it all wrong. Gould responds that the composer doesn't understand his own music.

Sep. 08 2012 03:53 PM
noochinator from Brockton, MA

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


Aug. 27 2012 06:49 AM
neildave2004@hotmail.com from Palo Alto, CA

Outstanding - how can we listen to this in the future? what is the link of the repository?

Aug. 25 2012 11:23 PM

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