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Chant de la mer

Piano Solo

By Gustave Samazeuilh

Chant de la mer

Piano Solo. Composed by Gustave Samazeuilh (1877-1967). Editions Durand. 32 pages. Editions Durand #DF0982000. Published by Editions Durand (HL.50561491).

Item Number: HL.50561491

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  • March 27, 2010 An interesting byway

    This is an immensely effective work by a long-lived but almost unknown composer (in the U.S. at least). Samazeuilh was a good friend of both Debussy and Ravel, a successful critic, translator, and arranger, but pretty much gave up original composition long before his death at 90. Chant...

    de la Mer is in three movements: a short prelude, a poetic picture of moonlight on the water, and an all-out virtuoso painting of a storm and sunrise. It frequently sounds like Ravel and Dukas (though not particularly like Debussy's La Mer)and will not please people who place originality over every other quality of music. But less exclusive people will find much to enjoy. With its complex textures and frequent double flats, it's not always easy to read, and Durand's cheap paper doesn't help. But very much worth exploring if you're up for an out-of-the-way challenge.

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