Reverie (1890)

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

One comment on “Reverie (1890)

  1. Robert says:

    This is a very nice piece and not very difficult. I would recommend it for the intermediate student. This is one of the only times you’re going to see finger numbering and pedaling in Debussy’s work, after that, you’re on your own with the impossible note values and such. If I remember correctly, Debussy didn’t want this piece published.

    Reverie is the second Debussy piece I’ve learned on the piano as part of my independent studies. Maurice Dumesnil’s guide to playing Debussy, which I found through this web site, has proven itself indispensable. The pedaling is the most difficult part for me.
    Upon the advice of a fellow music student, I chose the Prelude from Suite Bergamasque as my first Debussy piece. This was a challenge compared to Reverie. Then these two pieces became part of my daily repertoire and I couldn’t ignore the similarities between the two; namely, Bb-C-D-G / G-D-C-Bb. These types of similarities remind me of Schumann’s Sphinxes, musical phrases with symbolist meaning. It’s nice to imagine a time before electrical distractions, when more people appreciated these things.

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