Give Now

Ether Game

Debussy: Girl With The Flaxen Hair

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: picture or no picture…

Debussy’s two books of preludes for solo piano, composed between 1907 and 1910, seem at first glance to be rife with richly programmatic music. Fireworks, goldfish, woodland sprites, and pedantic musicians are all musically “depicted” in the preludes. In the movement we just heard, we “see” a girl’s fair hair and. But, as it turns out, Debussy was notoriously fuzzy regarding whether or not these pieces were even supposed to be programmatic at all! While some were undoubtedly composed as depictions, others seem to have been given titles long after they were composed, almost as an afterthought. In this regard, it is fascinating that Debussy specifically instructed his publisher to put the title of each prelude at the end of the piece, rather than at the beginning!

Music Heard On This Episode

Claude Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano — Jean-Yves Thibaudet ~ Debussy - complete piano works, vol. 1 (Decca, 1996)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Claude Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano — Jean-Yves Thibaudet ~ Debussy - complete piano works, vol. 1 (Decca, 1996)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Ether Game:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Ether Game

Search Ether Game

Ether Game is on Twitter