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Claude Debussy

December 10, 2013

Debussy's patriotic sonata

When war broke out in 1914, French composer Claude Debussy refused to go near a piano or compose any music; he said that France could neither laugh nor weep while so many of her sons were dying. As the war continued, however, Debussy decided to write music with an especially French feel as a way to "give proof, however small it may be...that French thought will not be annihilated." On Tuesday's Performance Today we'll hear Debussy's very French Sonata for Flute, Harp, and Viola from a concert in Oslo, Norway.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Claude Debussy
    Reverie
    Turtle Island String Quartet
    The Impressionists: A Windham Hill Sampler
    Windham Hill 11116
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Octet for Winds: 1. Sinfonia, 2. Theme and Variations, 3. Finale
    Festival Chamber Players; Deanna Tham, conductor
    Prince Theatre, Garfield Center for the Arts, Washington College, Chestertown, MD
  • Claude Debussy
    Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
    Tom Ottar Andreassen, flute; Jon Wien Sonstebo, viola; Sidsel Walstad, harp
    Oslo Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    L'Autunno (Autumn), RV 293 in F Major: 1. Allegro (Candace Guirao, violin), 2. Adagio Molto, 3. Allegro (Liza Zurlinden, violin)
    New Century Chamber Orchestra; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, music director
    Herbst Theater, San Francisco, CA

hour 2

  • Joseph Haydn
    Piano Sonata No. 43 in A-flat Major, HOB XVI/43: 3. Presto
    Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    Haydn: Piano Sonatas Vol 1
    Hyperion 67554
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Scherzo Capriccioso, B. 131, Op. 66
    Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, music director and conductor
    Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
  • Veljo Tormis
    Excerpts from Vespian Paths: 2. Venesse pugiv neiu (The Maid Striving to the Boat), 3. Kukku ja kukku (Cuckoo and Cuckoo), 5. Kiisu-miisu (Pussy-Cat), 6. Laulda teile lauluke (To Sing You a Little Song), 7. Kus sa tana magasid? (Where Did You Sleep Last Night?), 10. Vagisi mehele (Forced to Get Married)
    musica intima
    Egilse de la Purification, Repentigny, Quebec, Canada
  • Joseph Haydn
    String Quartet in c minor, Op. 17, No 4. Hob. III:28
    Musicans from Marlboro: Veronika Eberle, violin; Benjamin Beilman, violin; Beth Guterman, viola; Judith Serkin, cello
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA
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