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THE FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC

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MODERN FRENCH PIANOFORTE MUSIC
Played by Mrs. NORMAN O'NEILL
MRS. O'NEILL'S performance of Debussy's pieces in the recent ' New Friends in Music ' Series will be pleasantly remembered. Here are three of his more familiar impressions.
The first is that of incessant, gently-falling rain. At times we may imagine we see flashes of summer lightning and hear the faint rumble of distant thunder.
Minstrels wittily suggests the antics of a Negro band, with its stark, syncopated rhythms, the oilily vulgar tune that comes swaying in, and the clank of the banjo.
TN The Island of Joy we may imagine a pleasure party, depicted in gay colours. It will bo noted how many different varieties of tone colour are used, and how the composer thus uses the pianoforte, in a sense, orchestrally.
In all these pieces Debussy has something very personal to say, and though more startling innovations in the last twenty years have made some of his work appear old-fashioned, most of it remains as fresh and interesting as when its striking combinations first fell, sometimes strangely, on the ears of a former generation.

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