Debussy: "Six épigraphes antiques", performed by Alain Planès

Duration : 16 minutes

The pianist Alain Planès performs the Six épigraphes antiques by Claude Debussy. Recorded on 11 March 2018 at the Radio France Auditorium (Paris).

Though the piano version for four hands of the Six Epigraphes antiques by Claude Debussy is from 1914, the musical material is much older. In 1900, Debussy composed a music for the stage for the Chansons de Bilitis, by his friend Pierre Louÿs

The work embarks the listener upon a journey to an imaginary Orient. As is often the case with Debussy, the musical atmosphere is convincing and authentic though the Antiquity he depicts is nothing but fictional. 

The work "Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d’été" opens the cycle and establishes a pastoral climate, full of sweetness. This delightful reverie is suddenly tarnished by the worrying accents of "Pour un tombeau sans nom", the second work. These are followed by two lively movements "Pour que la nuit soit propice" and "Pour la danseuse de crotale". Full of oriental colours, "Pour l’Egyptienne" may evoke, according to Harry Halbreich, the Algerian woman Zohra Ben Brahim with whom Pierre Louÿs. The work closes with "Pour remercier la pluie au matin" in which we are reunited with the initial opening theme.

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