Track Listing - Disc 1. Claude Debussy. Jeux, ballet, L. La Cour des lys. Danse extatique et Final du Premier Acte. La Passion. Pierre Boulez calls the result "an infinitely flexible conception of acoustical instrumental relationships" that avoided symmetry, "a development conceived in feelings and irreducible to a formal classical plan. Debussy subtitled La Mer "Trois esquisses symphoniques" "Three symphonic sketches".
Many commentators refer to it as a symphony, yet it deliberately shuns the essential structure and developmental focus of that genre. The first begins in inchoate mystery, the second suggests lively motion, and the third conjures the interplay of powerful forces.
Yet, to the frustration of those inured to the schematic literalism of the popular tone poems of the time, it's impossible to assign a specific program. Thus, the shimmering, vibrant, imposing climax of the first movement could just as easily be a stiff breeze, clouds dispersing, sun penetrating the depths, or the appearance of a great ship.
When Debussy's friend Erik Satie quipped that he liked the part at , he was deriding the title of the first movement, rather than the wholly evocative music. Indeed, the entire work conjures moods and feelings evoked by the sea and defies classification. You merely have to listen. Pleasure is the law. In retrospect, Lang credited Debussy with a refreshing harmony of feeling and intellect, reflecting the restless and complicated mentality of the turn of the century without the whipped-up passions and tearful sentimentalism that marked much of the period's art.
Perhaps that thwarting of convention helps explain the divergent views of contemporary French critics following the first performance of La Mer in December Jean Marnold praised the blend of its grandeur and delicacy and the weaving of shimmering colors into a fascinating polyphonic tissue.
Louis Laloy vaunted the maturity of Debussy's concise, classical organization of the former art of suggestion, nuance and allusions into an intentionally incomplete work. Painting By Music. See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Price.
Work Title La mer Alt ernative. De l'aube a midi sur la mer II. Jeux de Vagues III. Duration 24 minutes Composer Time Period Comp. Let us know here. Need more information on this product? Click here. He continued to work on the score, however, while staying in Jersey, and then in Dieppe. A successful first attempt at orchestral conducting since, though the critics were no less divided, the public was now wholly convinced.
Though Debussy never explicitly described the work as such, it is nonetheless hard to deny that La Mer strongly resembles a symphony. Firstly, the work is divided into three sections. As for "Jeux de vagues", it borrows its for from the scherzo, and "Dialogue du vent et de la nuit" is in the form of a rondo.
A confident of Debussy, Louis Laloy made on several occasions the same allusion. The composer never denied it, himself describing the work as " [his] symphony " in an interview in Surprising when considering that Debussy condemned any and all use of the symphonic form within his own critiques!
La Mer was composed during a series of emotionally complex events for Debussy.Boulez* Conducts Debussy*, The New Philharmonia Orchestra* Boulez* Conducts Debussy*, The New Philharmonia Orchestra* - La Mer • L'après-midi D'un Faune • Jeux (LP, Album) CBS Masterworks: 32 11 US: Sell This Version.