February 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Echoing the mysteries of the sea, Debussy's La Mer summons the emotional power and psychological depths of wind and waves.
Did You Know?
Composer Claude Debussy was influenced by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai’s Under the Wave off Kanagawa, leading Debussy to translate into music the sea’s sheer, awesome power in the finale of La Mer. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)
Debussy’s treatment of the sea as a musical subject is paramount in what many critics and audiences alike consider to be his orchestral magnum opus, La Mer. However, despite the evocative titles of the work’s three movements – From Dawn to Noon on the Sea, Play of the Waves, and Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea – La Mer is an example of the composer’s wish to create atmospheric music, rather than anything conventionally representational. (Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Bernard Herrmann’s first composition for film was Citizen Kane. He then established a partnership with Alfred Hitchcock on a series of films, including Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho.
About The Musicians
Oceana will be the third work from composer Stella Sung that we will perform, joining Rockwell Reflections and Lincoln’s Battle.