Minstrels (Preludes, Book I, 1909 – 1910)

I haven’t had a chance to write this piece up yet, but feel free to start the discussion in the comments!

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2 comments on “Minstrels (Preludes, Book I, 1909 – 1910)

  1. Mina says:

    I started working on Minstrels a couple of months ago. At first, I had no idea what to make of it, but I quickly fell in love with it. Once I got a sense for the music, I imagined that these ‘minstrels’ were jesters. I envisioned a Venice-like ball, where the hoity toity is being taken by the nose by (court)jesters who skitter in and out of the ballroom and around people, sometimes embarrassing them and sometimes – but rarely – courting and pleasing (the ladies). I later learned that Debussy wrote this piece after visiting London and seeing buskers in the streets. And there is inspiration from the New World of course in the cakewalk section. I was almost sorry to find out how the piece came about. However, having been to London this past Christmas and having watched the buskers in Covent Garden, I am more at ease with this knowledge, but for me they are still jesters.

    It’s not an easy piece (I hover between grade 9 and 10 and I don’t have a lot of technique) and it’s difficult to keep it together with almost too many repeats of the little motif and the wide variability in vignettes and the short rests in between, but it’s rewarding to practice and it’s certainly never boring.

  2. brian says:

    it is a great piece. The middle section is difficult.

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