Visual Media

Debussy/reflections in the water

Like many other pieces Debussy wrote, this one is about water too; in particular, light reflecting off its surface, and ripples in the water moving outwards. The piece creates an image of water being not quite still, then becoming rapid, then decreasing in motion again. 'Reflets dans l'eau' is also an example of the new tone colors Debussy discovered for the piano in this part of his life, and although he later refined this style, this piece is part of the greater achievements Debussy reached with the instrument.

Debussy/Fireworks

Debussy was one of the most prominent composers associated with Impressionist music, although he did not like the term when applied to his works. He likely would have preferred to be called a modernist. Regardless of what his music was called, his use of non-traditional scales, harmonies and chromaticism influenced and helped shaped many of the composers who came after him. Here is Debussy in his true modernistic colours!

Chopin//op.35

Although the Piano Sonata No. 2 was quick to gain popularity among the public, it initially confused the critics, who found it lacked cohesion and unity, and remarked that he could not quite handle sonata form. Most of the critical reviews written in the century following the work's publication were negative, although critics were still very complimentary about certain aspects of the sonata.

chopin//op.25 no.10

Chopin's Études formed the foundation for what was then a revolutionary playing style for the piano. They are some of the most challenging and evocative pieces of all the works in concert piano repertoire. Because of this, the music remains popular and often performed in both concert and private stages. Some are so popular they have been given nicknames such as the 'Winter wind', 'Revolutionary', 'Ocean' and so on.

Audio

haydn//Hob.XVI:52

Sometimes called the “Father of Symphony” or the “Father of the String Quartet,” Franz Joseph Haydn’s pivotal role in birthing the Classical Era is unquestioned. His influence on other masters like Beethoven and Mozart is common knowledge. You may think you know Haydn.

You don’t know Haydn. Here’s your chance. 

Scriabin//Fantasy

The piece's existence may have been forgotten by the composer. According to Leonid Sabaneev, when Sabaneev started to play one of its themes on the piano in Scriabin's Moscow flat, Scriabin called out from the next room "Who wrote that? It sounds familiar". "Your 'Fantaisie'", was the reply. Scriabin said, "What 'Fantaisie'?"