Unlike many modern-day writers on Debussy, I have a soft spot for one of his first piano pieces, Danse
(originally called Tarantelle styrienne
). First published in 1891, it was orchestrated by Ravel in 1923. It is a sort of preliminary study for his later masterpiece Masques
. The high-spirited dance rhythms of the opening are of course immensely attractive, but it is especially in the middle section that we have a whiff of what’s to come.
from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2012