Debussy’s Summer Of 1912

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Debussy’s Summer Of 1912

Written & Presented by Lowri Blake

Originally Broadcast On BBC Radio 3

Lowri Blake presents a programme about Debussy’s work during the summer of 1912, talking to pianists Roy Howat, Peter Hill and Alasdair Beatson as well as musicologist Robert Orledge, and introducing music from that time.

Dur: 44mins STEREO – Radio Documentary

Available as 320kbps Stereo MP3 – 100MB

 

Description

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2009

Lowri Blake presents a programme about Debussy’s work during the summer of 1912, talking to pianists Roy Howat, Peter Hill and Alasdair Beatson as well as musicologist Robert Orledge, and introducing music from that time.

It was a very hot summer and Debussy had no time to take his wife and seven-year-old daughter Chouchou on their annual trip to the seaside, much to her displeasure. He had to compose a Diaghilev commission as well as his last completed orchestral work – the ballet Jeux. He was trying to finish the second book of the Preludes for piano, was working on numerous other projects and was tussling with the dancer Maud Allen who wanted changes to the ballet Khamma. He also had a visit from Stravinsky and together they played through, as a piano duet, the score of The Rite of Spring. It made a very significant impression on him.

Produced by Richard Bannerman & Ladbroke Productions (Radio) Ltd for BBC Radio 3

 


 

N.B. Some audio has been edited from the original broadcast version due to copyright restrictions

Additional information

Writers/Presenters

Lowri Blake

Editing

Richard Bannerman/Neil Gardner

Producer

Richard Bannerman

Copyright

Ladbroke Productions (Radio) / BBC Radio 3

Released

2009

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