Prelude (Suite pour le piano, 1901)

(Here are my thoughts about playing this piece. Please add your thoughts in the comments at the bottom.)

The Suite pour le piano (for the piano) is a tremendous departure in Debussy’s piano music. Prior to its publication the most adventurous of Debussy’s piano works was the Suite Bergamasque. While the Suite Bergamasque included the beautiful and harmonically sophisticated Clair de Lune, the Prelude from Suite pour le piano shows for the first time the harmonic elements, virtuosity, pianism and raw power that was to appear in Debussy’s subsequent piano works.

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