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August 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Claude Debussy

How to sum up Claude Debussy in just a few words? A man who revolutionized 20th century music. Who broke all the rules for composing. Who said, in fact, that there was only one rule, and that was pleasure. A man who explored musical moods and colors and textures in a way no one ever had before. Today is Claude Debussy's 150th birthday. We'll celebrate with some of his greatest works, including a performance of La Mer from San Francisco.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Claude Debussy
    Prelude from Suite Bergamasque
    The National Orchestra of Lyon, Jun Markl, conductor
  • Claude Debussy
    Tom Ottar Andreassen, flute
    Oslo Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Kate Tayler-Hunt from Florence, Alabama
  • Claude Debussy
    La Mer (the Sea)
    The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

hour 2

  • Claude Debussy
    The Wind on the Plain and the Girl with the Flaxen Hair, from Preludes, Book I
    Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
  • Claude Debussy
    Violin Sonata in G Minor
    Jennifer Pike, violin, Igor Levit, piano
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Claude Debussy
    Golliwog's Cakewalk, from Children's Corner
    The Calefax Reed Quintet
    Falany Performing Arts Center, Waleska, Georgia
  • Perfchat with Pierre-Laurent Aimard
  • Claude Debussy
    Selections from Twelve Etudes, L. 136
    Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
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