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Deux Pianos: Hommage à Debussy
Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm • Vancouver Playhouse
Philippe Cassard and François Chaplin mark the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s birth.
“There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law. I love music passionately. And because I love it, I try to free it from the barren traditions that stifle it.” Claude Debussy
One of the great pillars of musical modernism, Debussy is “the composer without whose investigations of texture, colour, form and feeling, the vast majority of 20th century music could not have been written.” To mark the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s birth, MusicFest Vancouver is proud to welcome two of Debussy’s foremost exponents, French pianists Philippe Cassard and François Chaplin. In this recital for four hands and two pianos, the artists celebrate a genre that Debussy took immense pleasure in playing with friends throughout his life. Cassard and Chaplin will perform a program that includes the sensual Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, the jaunty Petite Suite, a recently rediscovered piano version of the Première Suite pour Orchestre, and more.