Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Listening Post



This has been my favorite piece of music on this planet since the first time I heard it at the age of maybe four.

It remains the most profoundly beautiful and moving thing I've ever heard.

Here's Debussy's Clair de Lune.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does it make you crazy that 892,387 twihards now swoon for this song?

Chez said...

Doesn't change how gorgeous a piece of music it is. Plus it was around for 150 years or so before those clowns got hold of it.

VOTAR said...

I've always felt the exact same way about Crazy Train.

Chez said...

You hate that Twilight fans love Ozzy?

VOTAR said...

Fuckin posers.

Nikkers said...

It's always been my favorite too. Makes me wish I had stayed in piano just so I could play this piece.

motheralex said...

Now, if only defragging my hard drive was as pretty. Try this one: Yo-Yo Ma & Bobby McFerrin – Vivaldi: Double Mandolin Concerto In G, RV 532 - Andante (4:03)

sunnyone said...

I learned this at aged 12 and loved it, then relearned it 15 years later and discovered why I loved it, then played through the whole Suite Bergamasque, which is where it comes from, just for myself recently (20 years later) and it brought back a flood of memories (of performances, practices, teachers, students).

It's a lot harder to play than even most pianists think. .. it's a lot harder to play *well*, that is. It's a pity many performers overdo it, too much romanticism, too much rubato etc; it's best when played exactly as the composer intended, as per the marks on the score.

It feels wonderful under the fingers.. nothing in the world matches the feeling of being able to produce music such as this; I can't imagine what it must feel like to have created it. Debussy was quite extraordinary.

Chez, I recommend listening to the entire suite if you don't already know it; if you like this movement, you ain't heard nothin' yet.

Chez said...

I'm very familiar with the entire suite. Thank you, Sunny. : )

Doc said...

Best use in a movie (IMHO) was in the Right Stuff.

Kevin Davis said...

I learned the whole suite too when I was young... prelude was my favorite to play though clair de lune is the only one I still know how to play from memory. That and Dr. Gradus ad parnassum made Debussy my favorite composer to play growing up.