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Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« on: May 28, 2015, 05:59:12 PM »


What are your Top 5 Favorite Debussy works? There are no stipulations to this poll.

My own Top 5 (in no particular order):

Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
La Mer
Prélude à L'Apres-midi d'un Faune
Danses sacrée et profane
Deux arabesques
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2015, 06:17:09 PM »
Preludes, Book I
Preludes, Book II
Estampes
Images, Book I
Images, Book II
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2015, 06:50:26 PM »
Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
La Mer
Prélude à L'Apres-midi d'un Faune
Nocturnes
Préludes (Book I if pressed)

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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2015, 08:56:27 PM »
La Mer
Nocturnes
Danses Sacree et Profane
Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien
La Cathedrale Engloutie (from Preludes)

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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2015, 09:03:39 PM »


What are your Top 5 Favorite Debussy works? There are no stipulations to this poll.

My own Top 5 (in no particular order):

Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
La Mer
Prélude à L'Apres-midi d'un Faune
Danses sacrée et profane
Deux arabesques

Very nice choices John. I agree with them all although don't know the last one very well. I also love the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp but decided to include a couple of works not yet included on my own list above.
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2015, 09:08:31 PM »
Life without The Engulfed Cathedral--one of my all-time favorite compositions for piano--would be a very sad affair. I played Dancers of Delphi partly as preparation for some of these huge chords, and will tackle the piece one of these days.

I also play the Arabesque No. 1, which is one of my favorite pieces. However, I dislike the Arabesque No. 2

Footprints in the Snow--another one of my all-time favorites. My teacher is obsessed with tone and has told me it is extremely difficult to play well, despite its relative simplicity.

To round it out:

String Quartet

La Mer



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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2015, 09:24:29 PM »
Préludes
Images, Books I & II
Six épigraphes antiques
Cello Sonata
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2015, 11:08:36 PM »
HEY! I already had a poll for this. >:(

(it's cool -- actually, it was only orchestral works)

Jeux
Trois Nocturnes (Sirenes alone would get this, though I love all of them)
La Mer
String Quartet
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I like the violin sonata, too. I still need to hear the one for fl, hp, vla.
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2015, 11:25:39 PM »
Flute and harp trio
Pelléas, up to Act 5 (I always feel it gets a bit boring when the doctor turns up.)
Jeux
Mallarmé Poems
En blanc et noir (Etudes also, but the Kalish/Jacobs duet makes me prefer En blanc et noir)
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2015, 11:30:01 PM »
Cello Sonata
Pelleas
Etudes
Preludes
Prelude/faune

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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2015, 12:26:59 AM »
Etudes
Preludes I & II
Images I & II
En blanc et noir
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2015, 02:32:14 AM »
I could live with XB's but :
La Mer
Images

String Quartet
Pelléas et Mélisande
Lots of mélodies, but esp. Belle au Bois Dormant.

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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2015, 02:40:04 AM »
Préludes (both books)
Images (both books)
String Quartet
Prélude à L'Apres-midi d'un Faune
La Mer

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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2015, 04:58:40 AM »
Very nice choices John. I agree with them all although don't know the last one very well. I also love the Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp but decided to include a couple of works not yet included on my own list above.

Thanks, Jeffrey. I like your list a lot as well and know all of those works quite well.
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2015, 07:55:50 AM »
La Mer
Nocturnes
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Images pour orchestre
Preludes, I-II
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2015, 09:37:57 AM »
Images, Book I
La mer
La plus que lente
La cathedrale engloutie
String quartet

Honorable mentions: Iberia, Estampes

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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2015, 09:45:18 AM »
Pelléas et Mélisande
Jeux
Khamma
Le Martyre de saint Sébastien

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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2015, 11:31:36 PM »
Nocturnes (1897-9)
La mer (1903–5)
Danse sacrée et danse profane (1904)
Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (1911)
Sonata for flute, viola and harp (1915)
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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2015, 01:11:15 AM »
All the piano music
Pelleas and  Melisande
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Cello sonata
La mer

And in my imagination :
La chute de la maison Usher

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Re: Top 5 Favorite Debussy Works
« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2015, 01:47:29 AM »
Don't know how to do acute accents on my computer  ::)

You're British. You're not supposed to.  8)
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