Prelude (Suite Bergemasque, 1890 – 1905)

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

A bergamasque is a 16th-century Italian dance, which in 1890’s France would evoke an archaic form of music (Roberts, p. 91).  Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque is a collection of four pieces: Prelude, Menuet, Clair de Lune and Passepied.  With the exception of Clair de Lune these are obviously early Debussy pieces, classical in form and, while very pleasant, only hint at the depth of Debussy’s later piano works. Two of the pieces, Menuet and Passepied are named for dance forms (though they are only remotely in those forms).

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