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La plus que lente, L128

composer
1910

 
If Debussy’s intention that his ‘slower than slow’ waltz, La plus que lente, should be taken as a parody is not clear enough from his tempo direction, Lent (molto rubato con morbidezza), it is surely confirmed by his statement to the effect that it was written to suit the taste of ladies who take tea. Even so, it is impossible to hear its hesitantly syncopated G flat major main theme, its harmonic suspensions, its appassionato outcry in right-hand octaves, even its apparently aimless continuity and its drawn-out ending without detecting, and sharing, an affection for the object of his irony.

from notes by Gerald Larner © 2009

Si l’inclination de tempo—Lent (molto rubato con morbidezza)—n’avait pas suffi à dire l’intention parodique de La plus que lente, Debussy ne laissa pas de la confirmer en déclarant l’avoir écrite «pour les innombrables five o’clock où se rencontrent les belles écouteuses». Mais même ainsi, on ne peut entendre son thème principal en sol bémol majeur timidement syncopé, ses suspensions harmoniques, sa récrimination appassionato en octaves à la main droite, voire sa continuité apparemment sans but et sa conclusion qui traîne en longueur, sans déceler, ni partager, une tendresse pour l’objet de son ironie.

extrait des notes rédigées par Gerald Larner © 2009
Français: Hypérion

Wenn die Tempobezeichnung Lent (molto rubato con morbidezza) von Debussys „mehr als langsamen“ Walzer, La plus que lente, noch Zweifel zulässt, ob es sich hier um eine Parodie handelt, so werden diese doch durch seine Erklärung getilgt, dass das Werk für die schönen Zuhörerinnen entstanden sei, die sich bei unzähligen Fünf-Uhr-Tees träfen. Trotzdem kann man nicht umhin, bei dem zögerlich synkopierten Hauptthema in Ges-Dur, den harmonischen Vorhalten, dem Appassionato der Oktaven in der linken Hand und selbst der scheinbar ziellosen Kontinuität und dem lang gezogenen Schluss eine gewisse Zuneigung zu dem Objekt seiner Ironie zu empfinden.

aus dem Begleittext von Gerald Larner © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Debussy: Solo Piano Music
Studio Master: CDA67898Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Stephen Hough in recital
CDA67686
Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities
APR6013for the price of 1 — Download only

Details

Track 9 on CDA67686 [4'14]
Track 19 on CDA67898 [4'51]
Track 11 on APR6013 CD2 [3'37] for the price of 1 — Download only

Track-specific metadata for APR6013 disc 2 track 11

Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-13-01337
Duration
3'37
Recording date
1928
Recording venue
Brunswick, USA
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Hyperion usage
  1. Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities (APR6013)
    Disc 2 Track 11
    Release date: October 2013
    for the price of 1 — Download only
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