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Opera Explained: DEBUSSY - Pelleas et Melisande (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: DEBUSSY - Pelleas et Melisande (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to… DEBUSSY Pelléas et Mélisande

Written by Thomson Smillie
Narrated by David Timson
1 CD
12-page booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-099-8

Dating from the last decade of the nineteenth century, Pelléas et Mélisande points the way into the twentieth century. The score is hauntingly beautiful, but there is more to the work than shifting panels of elusive, impressionistic sound. Debussy retains the text of Maeterlinck's play, and the linguistic subtleties of the French text are matched perfectly by the musical detail. Taking a little time to explore the romantic, elusive world of this opera is particularly rewarding.

  An Introduction to... DEBUSSY Pelleas et Melisande
1.   Introduction to Claude Debussy 00:04:08
2.   The influence of Wagner and atonality 00:03:14
3.   Debussy's childhood and development 00:05:47
4.   Maurice Maeterlinck 00:04:50
5.   The story and opening 00:05:28
6.   Golaud encounters Melisande 00:05:07
7.   King Arkel's acceptance and the entrance of Pelleas 00:05:44
8.   Pelleas and Melisande together 00:04:41
9.   Golaud lies ill 00:05:12
10.   Melisande at the window and Golaud's suspicion 00:06:15
11.   Golaud uses Yniold 00:04:45
12.   Act IV: Pelleas to depart; Arkel and Melisande; Golaud's anger 00:05:51
13.   Yniold's scene; the love duet 00:04:46
14.   Pelleas: 'We have broken the ice with red hot irons' 00:06:07
15.   Act V 00:06:48

Total Playing Time: 01:18:43

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Catalogue No: 8.558172

Barcode: 636943817223

Physical Release: 04/2005

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