Claude Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

I find this piece to be quite light to listen to with just enough complexity in the chord to keep it interesting yet not so much as to make the listener have to work.

The composer clearly had a direct vision in mind when constructing the piece and we can hear the scenery and ambience as the work progresses.

Premièred in 1894, this might be seen as the archetypal impressionist composition. So evocative is the music that this could easily be misconstrued as a film score that’s playing alongside a visual cue, indeed, the music was eventually used as the basis of a ballet by Vaslav Nijinsky in 1912.

Very successful.

Hear it here, conducted by Bernstein.

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