Dr Gradus ad Parnassum
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.