Claude Debussy’s “Dr Gradus ad Parnassum” is a piece that captures the vision of a young student. It combines a flowing and graceful beginning, a quiet and calm middle, and a fast and loud ending. The piece was meant to be a satire of Clementi’s etudes, representing a student who is escaping concentration.

This piece was enjoyable for me to learn. Although I learned it a year ago, I still remember the excitement of learning the piece and the urge to get faster and faster as represented by the music.

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    Dr. Marcia Bosits
    Dr. Marcia Bosits(@marcia-bosits)
    10 months ago

    Picture The picture you chose does represent a journey, i.e. the ship. The beautiful sunset also makes an understandable connection to the musical colors in Debussy’s music. We will have to use our imaginations, however, to decide what in the artwork might represent the animation that’s part of the piece. Introduction You very effectively described the “journey” one takes when listening to this piece. Explaining that there is a satirical element in… Read more »

    Last edited 10 months ago by Voice-Team
    Julie Harris
    Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
    11 months ago

    Hello Krish. This is one of my favorite Debussy pieces, so it was interesting to hear your interpretation. You’re right about wanting to get faster and faster toward the end. I always loved playing the ending – it’s so full of energy and excitement!

    Your choice of picture is very intriguing. How does this beautiful boat remind us of Dr Gradus?

    Thanks for a great presentation. You have a lot of talent.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    11 months ago

    Actually, I am not a pianist but hearing the music and watching the presentation is carrying me away. Well done, Krish. 

    Lola Mestas
    Lola Mestas(@lola-mestas)
    10 months ago

    This piece sounds like it was fun to play! Amazing performance.

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