RENOIR Prelude Nr.1 – The Luncheon of the Boating Party
The music captures the idyllic scene of ‘The Luncheon of the Boating Party’, of friends
sharing food, wine, and conversation on a balcony overlooking the Seine. The expressive
melodic lines and piquant harmonies suggest a convivial and carefree atmosphere.
DEGAS Prelude Nr.2 – Ballerinas
The movements and costumes of ballerinas were always a fascination for Degas,
and he painted them many times. In this lively piece, which is underpinned
by a swing rhythm, the pianist’s hands become the dancers and move
in an agile and dynamic manner across the keys.
MORISOT Prelude Nr.3 – Julie Daydreaming
Julie was Berthe Morisot’s daughter, and in one of Morisot’s paintings, she poses
a 16-year-old Julie daydreaming and gazing into the distance. A wistful slow waltz is the central part of this musical reverie, framed by passages of charm and delicacy.
MONET Prelude Nr.4 – The Gardens at Giverny
The gardens that Monet created at Giverny were an inspiration for his art, and the rippling textures of the music echo his fascination with light and colour.
Slow-changing harmonies become reflections in water, whilst rapidly shifting motifs suggest the ephemeral aspects of nature.
MANET Prelude Nr.5 – At the Folie-Bergère
The Folie-Bergère was one of the most prominent music halls in Paris and the scene
of one of Manet’s most famous paintings. The music bustles with animation,
contrasting improvisatory passages with catchy melodies.
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Art Preludes for Piano
By Graham Lynch
This set of five preludes was inspired by the impressionist music and art of France and blends these influences with flavours of jazz and French café music to create a delicious and evocative collection of piano pieces.