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Masques, L110
composer
1903/4

Recordings
'Debussy: Piano Music' (CDS44061/3)
Debussy: Piano Music
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'Debussy: Preludes Book 2' (CDA66487)
Debussy: Preludes Book 2
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'Debussy: Solo Piano Music' (CDA67898)
Debussy: Solo Piano Music
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Details
Track 17 on CDA67898 [5'03]
Track 13 on CDA66487 [5'31] Archive Service
Track 13 on CDS44061/3 CD3 [5'31] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service

Masques, L110
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In the throes of love for Emma Bardac in 1904, Debussy wrote Masques and L’isle joyeuse. The latter is heard frequently; the former deserves to be better known for, in my opinion, it is as great a masterpiece. In July of 1904, Debussy sent his then wife, Lily, to stay with her father in Burgundy so that he could be with his mistress. They fled first to the island of Jersey, staying incognito at the Grand Hôtel, and then to Normandy. Masques is almost as tragic as L’isle joyeuse is triumphant. The opening repeated notes are at times muted, at times wildly percussive, giving wonderful splashes of colour. The menacing build-up before the recapitulation is thrilling. At the end the music dissolves, but not before giving us some open fifths in both hands that create the most marvellous atmosphere of something past. One reason why Debussy’s first marriage was falling apart at the time was that it was childless. A month after he wrote this piece, Lily put a bullet in her stomach, where it stayed for the rest of her life. In the scandal that followed Debussy lost many friends.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2012

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Details for CDS44061/3 disc 3 track 13
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-48713
Duration
5'31
Recording date
20 February 1991
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Debussy: Preludes Book 2 (CDA66487)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: December 1991
    Deletion date: February 1995
    Archive Service
  2. Debussy: Piano Music (CDS44061/3)
    Disc 3 Track 13
    Release date: February 1995
    Deletion date: June 2004
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Archive Service
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