(Feb 12, 2019)
A very interesting story…
For details of the story, skim the Wiki link below:
There are many other versions of this story or legend that you can find with Google. But the important part is that a cathedral rises out of the ocean, then sinks back again into the ocean. There is a choir, and bells, and an organ. This leaves a lot to the imagination when there is only piano.
Here is the same music orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski, famous for being the conductor of Disney’s Fantasia:
The version by Stokowski…
Some will prefer the purity of piano only, while others will prefer the bigger, lusher sound of full orchestra.
I like both. And there is yet another important version, this time for synthesizer. This was released in 1974, but it was decades ahead of its time:
A totally original concept…
As is true of so much famous music, this could be a film score written this year, or music for a computer game.
Debussy is one of the two most famous Impressionistic composers. But Impressionism, which is shown to be from around 1890-1925, never stopped being used as an expressive musical style and is being used right now. What makes the late part of the 20th century moving into the 21st century so interesting is that every style every used in composition, going back many centuries, is still being used. What is the musical style of today? What is a good name for our musical period, the one we live in?
Well, you won’t find this in a book, but I propose this name:
The Anything Is Possible Period