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Claude Debussy – La Mer (The Sea)



La mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre HD (French for The sea, three symphonic sketches for orchestra), or simply La mer (i.e. The Sea), is an orchestral composition (L 109) by the French composer Claude Debussy. It was started in 1903 in France and completed in 1905 on the English Channel coast in Eastbourne. The premiere was given by the Lamoureux Orchestra under the direction of Camille Chevillard on 15 October 1905 in Paris. The piece was initially not well received – partly because of inadequate rehearsal and partly because of Parisian outrage over Debussy’s having recently left his first wife for the singer Emma Bardac. But it soon became one of Debussy’s most admired and frequently performed orchestral works, and became more so in the ensuing century. The first recording was made by Piero Coppola in 1928.
La mer is scored for 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, 3 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 cornets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, tamtam, glockenspiel, 2 harps and strings.
typical performance of this piece lasts about 23 or 24 minutes. It is in three movements:
(~09:00) “De l’aube à midi sur la mer” – très lent (si mineur)
(~06:30) “Jeux de vagues” – allegro (do dièse mineur)
(~08:00) “Dialogue du vent et de la mer” – animé et tumultueux (do dièse mineur)
Usually translated as:
“From dawn to noon on the sea” or “From dawn to midday on the sea” – very slowly (B minor)
“Play of the Waves” – allegro (C sharp minor)
“Dialogue of the wind and the sea” or “Dialogue between wind and waves” – animated and tumultuous (C sharp minor)

Edvard Grieg – In Autumn, Op. 11 ( Some of the most awesome music ever composed)



Title of Composition: In Autumn, Op. 11
Composer: Edvard Grieg
Created in: 1888
Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
Recorded in: 1993

This specific recording of In Autumn is part of a 6-CD box set that is available for purchase at either Arkivmusic:
http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=52845

Wikipedia said:  “History

On a visit to Copenhagen, Grieg showed his overture to Niels Gade, who told Grieg: “This is trash, Grieg; go home and write something better.” After this, Grieg arranged this overture for piano duet and sent it in to a competition at the Swedish Academy, one of the judges being Gade. The overture took first prize and was published in its duet form in Stockholm.

Instrumentation

The overture is scored for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombonesbass tuba, 3 timpanibass drumcymbalstriangle, and strings.”