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An informative and inspiring lecture demonstration on the music of Debussy and the paintings of Monet and other French Impressionists

An informative and inspiring lecture demonstration on the music of Debussy and the paintings of Monet and other French Impressionists

Sun, October 17, 2021 5:00 PM, PDT

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Paul Roberts is the artistic director of the international summer school for pianists Music at Chateau d’Aix, in southern France. In London he teaches at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship (FGS). His new book, Reading Franz Liszt, in which he illuminates the literary inspiration underlying many of Liszt’s major piano works, will be published in May next year


Paul Roberts Piano

Some of the Debussy landscape pieces, including La Cathédrale Engloutie and Reflets dans l’Eau in relation to Monet’s Poplar Trees and Nymphéas. Paul will also talk about the influence of oriental art on the Impressionist painters, especially Japanese prints (that Debussy loved and collected), and illustrate this with pieces from Image Book 2, especially Les Cloches à Travers les Feuilles.


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Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series, 30 days ago

My Friends, We love Paul Roberts at Distinguished Artists. His demonstrations and performances are alway deeply inspiring, informative and interesting. His enthusiasm, congeniality and knowledge will keep you fascinated and enthralled. And his interpretations of Debussy's music are definitive.

Jack Bullard, 8 days ago

Yeah !!

Marlene Marston, 7 days ago

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Distinguished Artists Concert and Lecture Series, 7 days ago

Paul Roberts here. This is just to say hello to everyone and I very much look forward to seeing you all (somehow!) on Sunday. It will be the early hours of Monday morning for me! My presentation has been recorded by the immensely versatile singer-songwriter Ned Roberts ( - and yes absolutely he is a relation......We recorded an hour of music and talking and glorious pictures Sunday last in my music room at home. All the details that you have been given about my program have proved correct -- I haven't swerved wildly from my brief as I might have been tempted to do owing to my current obsession with Franz Liszt. But Debussy prevailed. One spoiler: I have replaced Monet's Nymphéas (Water Lilies) with David Hockney's. All will be revealed on Sunday. Paul

Michael Tierra, 3 days ago

The most wonderful presentation of Debussy's music and his relationship to Impressionists and heis time. A much deeper appreciation of this great composer's music. Arguably Debussy and his colorist approach to music has and is having the greatest influence on Contemporary music today. Perhaps why Debussy always seem to sound fresh and modernistic.



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