Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Claude Debussy Hommage à Rameau

Claude Debussy's first volume of Images pour piano (1904–1905) combine harmonic innovation with poetic suggestion: Reflets dans l'eau is a musical description of rippling water; Hommage à Rameau, the second piece, is slow and nostalgic. It takes as its inspiration a melody from Jean-Philippe Rameau's Castor et Pollux. Read more

Lowry refers to the piano solo during Dana Hilliot's night time "drift" around the red-light district of Dairen in Chapter 3 of Ultramarine; "The wind came slowly at first, like my own intermittent breath, as I ran down the Yamagata-dori in the shafts of the jinrickshaw. Like the beginning of Debussy's Hommage à Rameau. Then it came in quicker puffs; finally it bellowed out as if ejected from the maw of some dragon.". (Pg.115)

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