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)
26 days 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 the connection to Czerny etudes provides a learning experience for the audience. (They either know something about Czerny’s influence on piano playing or will look it up). Giving listeners different perspectives on pieces is part of educating them about music – I commend you for this. Performance You made effective use of your wrists/arms to facilitate the hand crossing and arpeggio playing. There is a strong sense of pulse and rhythmic organization (We can see you exhibiting that!) Check your pedaling in the opening; putting your foot only half way down might improve clarity. (It’s also possible that the muddy sound was caused by the recording/computer aspects.) Supporting your written description, you gave us an appropriate accelerando near the end that was well paced and reasonably controlled. What… Read more »

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 month 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)
1 month ago

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

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Lola Mestas
Lola Mestas(@lola-mestas)
1 month ago

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

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