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ClaudeÂ DebussyÂ (1862â1918): PRÃLUDES, BOOK I: Des pas sur la neige ("Footprints In The Snow")
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano. Debussy: Preludes Book 1 and 2Â (London)
One can't help but feel the loneliness of chilly walk on a winter's day when listening to Debussy's Footprints in the Snow. The tune presents itself like a Monet painting. An incessant, prodding and rising two-note theme against a sparse background creates the feeling of solitude in the midst of desolation. Footprints in the Snow comes from Debussy's first book of piano preludes, composed in the winter of 1909 into 1910. Debussy also did something unusual when assigning the title to these preludes. So as to not prematurely impress the performer with an image, he adopted the odd practice of putting the titles at the end of each piece.