Petit prélude parallèle

Jonty Harrison

Programme Notes

Petit prélude parallèle

In memory of Claude Achille Debussy

“If modern music may be said to have had a definite beginning, then it started with… the Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune by Claude Debussy (1862-1918).” — Paul Griffiths

Debussy’s Prélude is one of ‘my’ pieces, part of my musical identity. I have played in it, conducted it and listened to it countless times… Composed to mark the centenary of Debussy’s death, this Petit prélude parallèle follows the melodic, harmonic and dynamic contours of the original, but also includes sonic references to Mallarmé’s evocation of the drowsy, heat-laden Sicilian afternoon in which the Faun remembers (or imagines) his erotic encounter.

[iv-18]


Premiere

  • April 26, 2018, BEAST FEaST 2018: Concert 1, The Dome — Bramall Music Building — University of Birmingham, Birmingham (England, UK)
  • Instrumentation: Ambisonics multichannel fixed medium
  • Composer(s): Jonty Harrison
  • Year of composition: 2018

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