Monday, October 29, 2012

Debussy: Suite Bergamasque

Over the summer and continuing on through this semester, I've been preparing Debussy's Suite Bergamasque. The suite is comprised of four movements: Prelude, Menuet, Clair de Lune, and Passepied.

I'll perform the Passepied for juries at the end of the semester, so my focus has fallen mostly onto that movement. "Passepied," French for "passing feet" is a type of danceusually in a fast triple meter. Debussy's Passepied is not in triple meter, however it certainly has a lively tempo, kept alive by the constant eighth note pulse provided by the left hand.

In quickly browsing the web for more information about the suite, I found this interesting little tidbit of information (admittedly, from the extremely reputable source, Wikipedia). Check it out:


How neat is that?!

Here's a wonderful performance (pianist, Bruno Canino) of the suite in its entirety. Enjoy.

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