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This set of pieces is called Images Pour Orchestre to differentiate it from two previous sets of Images each consisting of three pianoforte pieces. The orchestral Images were begun in 1906 and finished in 1912. In Gigues, the sound of an oboe d'amore is heard here. In this movement it is first used for the solo tune in slightly quicker time after the short introduction. Iberia contains three main parts: Par les rues et par les chemins; Les parfums de la nuit; and Le matin d'un jour de fete. The last movement, Rondes de Printemps, takes the music once more into the visionary domain of poetry. Debussy explains these Images: "I am attempting something . . . that might be called reality, but what idiots call Impressionism, a term that is completely misapplied . . . " Throughout the whole set of these orchestral Images Debussy's sensitive apprehension of qualities of tone is apparent. The ear of one of the most refined connoisseurs of sound in his generation is at work. The effect is wonderfully clear, stimulating and moving.
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L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
Ataulfo Argenta, conductor
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Images Pour Orchestre
a. Par les rues et par les chemins
b. Les parfums de la nuit
c. Le matin d'un jour de fete
3. Rondes de Printemps