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Remembering Debussy

by Lucas Wong

Celebrating Debussy's special year along with a 2018 commission Tombeau de Debussy, recorded at FAZIOLI Concert Hall in Italy by engineer Federico Furlanetto.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune
5:15 $1.50
2. Etudes, L. 136: II. Pour les tierces
3:51 $1.50
3. Berceuse héroïque
4:21 $1.50
4. Preludes, Book II, L. 131: XII. Feux d’artifice
4:10 $1.50
5. Etudes, L. 136: VI. Pour les huit doigts
1:48 $1.50
6. Estampes, L. 100: I. Pagodes
5:14 $1.50
7. Etudes, L. 136: III. Pour les quartes
5:14 $1.50
8. Preludes, Book I, L. 117: X. La Cathédrale engloutie
5:00 $1.50
9. Images, Book I, L. 110: II. Hommage à Rameau
6:38 $1.50
10. Etudes, L. 136: XII. Pour les accords
4:07 $1.50
11. Tombeau de Debussy: I. Prologue. Water Gamelan
4:16 $1.50
12. Tombeau de Debussy: II. A Veil
6:13 $1.50
13. Tombeau de Debussy: III. Animé
4:57 $1.50
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Album Notes
From Clair de lune, a work by Debussy that has been performed most frequently among all, to a brand new work composed in 2018, this album takes on a kaleidoscopic journey that traces sonorities that still draw the attention of the contemporary listener. Moon-lit thirds, trumpet-like calls in the war period, black-and-white firework-display on the keyboard, parallel fourths as the new foundation for harmonic language, and an approach leaning inevitably toward Stravinsky, keep us reminded of what an impressive legacy Debussy has left behind.

As a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Debussy’s passing, I commissioned each of three living composers (Ming-Chi Chan, Robert McClure, and Chen Yao), to contribute a movement to a new piano cycle, Tombeau de Debussy, inspired by Debussyan motives, such as traditional gamelan music and the composer's Cello Sonata. It received its world premiere performance at the University of Hong Kong Grand Hall on May 4, 2018.

Lucas Wong

Praised for his “masterful, pleasure-giving performances,” (Fanfare Magazine) and musical achievements “prodigious enough to constitute the careers of a[t] least two or three people,” Canadian pianist Lucas Wong is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and répétiteur. His expertise in French music interpretation has led to his own Mostly Debussy lecture-recital series, publication about “Humour in Late Debussy” in The Musical Times, and highly acclaimed recordings and performances of pieces by Couperin, Rameau, Chabrier, and Debussy. He has been regularly invited to give masterclasses and adjudications in top institutions, festivals, and competitions, throughout Asia, North America, and Europe. A versatile partner for both instrumentalists and vocalists, Lucas Wong is also a superb vocal coach and assistant conductor. He has been on the roster of the New York City Opera, SongFest, OPERA America, and the Opera Theater of Connecticut. Lucas Wong is the founding artistic director of Liederfest, an innovative art song festival in Suzhou, China. As an educator and administrator, he was a founding faculty member at the Soochow University School of Music, where he served as piano professor and coordinator for chamber music, collaborative piano, and staff accompanists. Lucas Wong is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.Mus.) and Yale School of Music (M.M., M.M.A., D.M.A.). His key mentors include Boris Berman, Edward Parker, Tak Poon, and Robert Silverman.



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