(Click on photo to see larger image)
French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was a unique, progressive composer, whose independent approach to form, harmony and color dominates his piano pieces. The Children's Comer suite, composed between 1906 and 1908, is not necessarily intended to be played by children, or even to children, but is intended to capture the essence of childhood with charm, grace and humor. The music was inspired by, and reflects, the world of childhood fantasy. It was once described as portraying the games, escapades and gestures of a small girl from Paris. Debussy's intention was to create moods and sensations and, utilizing his typical harmonic richness and mastery of the Impressionistic style, he succeeds in an appealing and joyous fashion.
This latest Alfred edition, edited by Maurice Hinson, is based on the original autograph manuscripts in Paris and also on Debussy's sound recording of these pieces. The suite is reproduced with accuracy and devotion to the composer's intention, and is presented in an easy-to-read manner, making this edition of Debussy's Children's Comerthe favored practical edition of pianists.
It is often suggested that Debussy's music is descriptive, presenting the musical equivalent of Impressionism in the visual arts. This Impressionistic painting, Reading, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), was selected for the cover of this edition in recognition of Debussy's dedication of this music to his little daughter Chouchou. The painting, like Debussy's music, reverently captures the moment with emotional richness and humanistic candor. This artwork portrays two young girls, who were models for several of Renoir's paintings.
( ~~ REGULAR LIST PRICE: $7.95 ~~ )