A Date With Debussy: As I Record His Music at Glenridge Performing Arts Center- My family put together an incredible birthday present for me. Abe, my oldest son, wanted me to play and record one hour of the piano music of Claude Debussy. That got the ball rolling. I immediately agreed. Preview YouTube video Ohrenstein plays Debussy Arabesque No. 2
SAMPLE THE VIDEO MADE AT THE GLENRDIGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ON YOUTUBE
MY DEBUSSY PARIS MUSIC CONNECTION
My own piano instructor, Mischa Kottler, asked me when he was 94 years of age to give a concert of French music. That I should show people how I play. Kottler studied on the 1920’s with Alfred Cortot. In turn, Cortot was a contemporary of Debussy. He personally knew him in Paris. Debussy was born August 22, 1862. Cortot, September 26, 1877. I learned Debussy’s craft from Mischa. It uses included the plethora of two note phrases. Also Debussy developed a hidden notation to specify which notes he wanted to emphasize.
PARTICULARS OF THE RECORDING
That got me started on a 4 hour/day regimen of practice. On my birthday, October 24, my daughter Kathryn and her wonderful husband, Jonathan, bought me the session. It was videoed by Mark Palmer.
AT THE GLENRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
My youngest son had a day off. He was the lighting technician and stage assistant. That was after a 4 minute tutorial.
My oldest son, Abe, was the first to insist on one hour of Debussy. He is a marvelous computer technician.
Conclusion: As proud as I am of A Date With Debussy-, I am even prouder of my family coming together to give me the best birthday present of my life. Date of release to be announced. And yes, I am working on piano music for an all French concert. It will include works Ravel and Faure.