I've decided that my second blog of the month this school year is going to share a piece of music that I love and talk a little about why I love it and why I love this particular recording.
This time, it's the Debussy Violin Sonata. I personally haven't played a great deal of French music, but I love listening to it and it's something I want to explore more in my playing. Claude Debussy was a composer who lived in the early 20th century and is to classical music what Claude Monet was to visual art. His compositions are lush, colorful, and imaginative.
Around the 2-minute mark, I imagine that there's a conversation between two characters as the violin switches from the low register to the high register. Soon after, the opening theme comes back in a nod to traditional ternary form.
I think my favorite moment in the piece, however, is at 3:57 in this recording. It's exultant, exotic, and just perfectly gorgeous as the climax of the movement.
I love this recording of Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartok. Bartok is better known these days as a composer than a pianist, but I find his interpretations powerful and always interesting. I love Szigeti's violin playing. He can change moods faster than the blink of an eye, and his energy is always on the edge of bursting out into wildness. I never get tired of listening to these two play together.
I hope you enjoy this short movement from Debussy!