Debussy: Nocturnes

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Claude Debussy

Three nocturnes 1899

Three Nocturnes is said to have been Debussy’s most ambitious work up until the time it was published. He, himself described it as an experiment. There are hints of some of this other work in there with the use of the wind instruments (especially the flute and oboe) but with this piece I get less of a scene unfolding and more of a series of static image. Or at least one of those strange pictures that looks like its moving when you tilt it this way and that. Even with the more festive middle nocturne there is something eerie but calming about all three played together.

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