This time around for audiophobic, I have to burden onto everyone a piece that has been permanently stuck in my head since I started preparing for a concert a few months ago. Luckily for everyone, it is a beautiful piece by French composer, Claude Debussy, called Nocturnes. Nocturne is a name given to works that evokes the images of night—A very populat genre used by many composers.
The very first time I heard this piece performed was on a piano, right away I felt a sense of calm grandeur from the music that’s different than ones that I’ve felt before. The orchestral versions I’ve listened to since then has instilled in me a greater sense of wonder than before. It really felt like with the very opening I was walking into a grand museum, a great introduction and first impression as the music moves towards introducing different “pictures”—of beautiful scenery, a scene from a ballet and children playing. These depictions are separated by the re-introduction of the theme each time, to signify the walk of the viewer from one painting to the next, perfectly mimicking the mood of one at a museum. There’s such great variety in the music that really it’s music that suits any mood and taste.
It is very hard for me to disconnect music with my brief stay in Vienna nowadays, which is why once again, I’m going to talk about a piece that I particularly enjoy listening because it reminds me so much of my trip.
Performance by pianist Caroline Clipsham
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