About the album
Debussy had been planning Préludes for two or three years before the first book was published in 1910. He seems to have been at work on the second book by the end of 1911 and the volume was published in 1913.
Whereas Bach and Chopin used their Preludes as something of a technical exercise, composing one for each musical key, Debussy's were free-form and full of his signature expressive indulgences. Each one has a different descriptive title that gives clues about what was going through the composer's mind when he was writing them, from Shakespearean dances to underwater cathedrals.
What Debussy did in the Préludes and earlier works with a similar inspiration was composing with sounds rather than notes. It is that, rather than their picturesque qualities, that changed history. Debussy did nothing less than liberate music from the domination by functional harmony which had prevailed for three centuries. Tonality becomes colour.
11Préludes Book 1 Danseuses de Delphes
12Préludes Book 1 Voiles
13Préludes Book 1 Le vent dans la plaine
14Préludes Book 1 Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir
15Préludes Book 1 Les collines d’Anacapri
16Préludes Book 1 Des pas sur la neige
17Préludes Book 1 Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest
18Préludes Book 1 La fille aux cheveux de lin
19Préludes Book 1 La sérénade interrompue
110Préludes Book 1 La Cathédrale engloutie
111Préludes Book 1 La danse de Puck
112Préludes Book 1 Minstrels
113Préludes Book 2 Brouillards
114Préludes Book 2 Feuilles mortes
115Préludes Book 2 La Puerta del Vino
116Préludes Book 2 “Les Fées sont d’exquises danseuses”
117Préludes Book 2 Bruyères
118Préludes Book 2 Général Lavine - eccentric
119Préludes Book 2 La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
120Préludes Book 2 Ondine
121Préludes Book 2 Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C.
122Préludes Book 2 Canope
123Préludes Book 2 Les tierces alternées
124Préludes Book 2 Feux d’artifice
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