Read about the legend that inspired Debussy’s prelude “La Cathédrale engloutie ” or “The Sunken Cathedral”. Preludios para Piano – No La catedral sumergida official lyrics by Claude Debussy.

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It is a complete exploration of chordal sound that encompasses the entire range of the piano, and that includes one of Debussy’s signature chords a major tonic triad with added 2nd and 6th scale degrees. It was arranged for orchestra by Leopold Stokowski as The Engulfed Cathedral and released in a recording in Retrieved from ” http: Easily share your music lists with friends, students, and the world.

You may ask me for a manually cleaned version. In the case of the two volumes of preludes, he places the title of the piece at the end of the piece, either to allow the pianist to respond intuitively and individually to the music before finding out what Debussy intended the music to sound like, or to apply more ambiguity to the music’s allusion.

Arranger Arthur Hartmann Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4. Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics, No. Kate Cook, Musical Style and Genre: Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. The form of the piece can be traced through the progression of tonal centers and pitch collections. Preludes by Claude Debussy compositions Music based on European myths and legends.

The first chord of the piece is made up of sonorous Gs and Ds open fifths. John Carpenter used it as sound track in his scifi movie Escape from New York.


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The Story of Debussy’s “The Sunken Cathedral”

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Préludes, Livre 1 (Debussy, Claude) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

To protect the city, a huge dike was built around it with a single gate that opened for ships during low tide. We cannot post your review if it violates these guidelines. Jane Mortier, piano First Pub lication.

Editor Pierre Gouin – Contact. Also within measures 1 through 15 are two occurrences of motif 2 G in measure 1, E in measure 5; E in measure 5, C in measure This name will appear next to your review. The cathedral then sinks back down into the ocean and the organ is heard once more, but this time from under water.

We do not use or store email addresses from this form for any other purpose than sending your share email. In these versions, King Gradlon was said to have converted to Christianity. Close X Learn about Smart Music. To attain these effects that reflect images of the castle, most performers use specific techniques with regards to pedaling and articulation to affect tone color.

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Used to contact you regarding your review. You can also listen to your MP3 at any time in your Digital Library. Not by coincidence, motif 1b is heard in the 4th, 5th, and 6th quarter note beats of measure 14 B-D-E. The rising pentatonic theme in measure 1 theme 1 repeats in measure 3, 5, 14, 15, 16, 17, 84, 85, and with a slight variations in measures and Sounds can be heard of priests chanting, bells sumergid, and the organ playing, from across the catderal.

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Finally, the cathedral is gone from sight, and only the debuxsy are heard, at a distant pianissimo. This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project.

You can also download at any time in your Digital Library. In measure 13, the G idea returns for two bars. For example, motif 1 appears in the bottom of the right-hand chords on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter notes of measure 14 D-E-Band again in the next three quarter note beats D-E-B.

Close X Tell A Friend. King Gradlon escapes and takes refuge in Quimper which becomes the new capital. Another version says that Dahut steals the key to let her secret lover in to the city during the night, mistakenly flooding the city. Debussy masterfully saturates the entire structure of the piece with these motifs in large- and small-scale ways.