In , Debussy escaped to that island of joy with Emma Bardac, who became his second wife. Leaping LH thirds boldly interrupt, before a whole-tone scale moves the trills and spirals down an octave, and the piece proper begins. Whole-tone murmuring and a mysterious theme using the interval of a third give way to sudden splashes of brilliance, like waves breaking on the shore, only to retreat and then rush in again. Into B major for a hands crossed, two-against-three section, full of busy-ness and energy, with sudden dynamic changes giving light and shade.
L'Isle joyeuse (Debussy, Claude)
The trills and spirals break in, no longer hesitant but insistent and clamouring, a last boarding-call for tardy travellers to the island. And then the voyage begins, Ondoyant et expressif , and we can almost feel the rise and fall of the swell beneath the hull as the boat makes its way across the sunlit Mediterranean. A tempo, and strictly in time, for glittering demisemiquavers which dart about. The tonal centre then moves away from a bright E for the quiet mystery of the ondoyant theme in a whole-tone guise.
In the distance, pp subito , can be heard a drumbeat. Note to self — do get it right…. Pictures — Background and Perspective notesfromapianist.
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