Friday, April 16, 2010

Melisande Variations

I finished a new piece for string quartet today.

In case, after listening, you haven't figured out why it's called "Melisande Variations," you can hear the motive that I varied and expanded in the first scene of Act III in Debussy's Opera Pelléas et Mélisande. Here is a 1904 recording of Debussy playing the scene with Mary Garden (pictured above) as Melisande.

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