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Claude Debussy (1862-1918) wrote La cathedrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral) in 1910. The piece tells the ancient legend of a church in the village of Ys off the coast of Brittany (France). You can hear the submerged cathedral rise out of the mist, then plays a glorious melody, and then sinks back down into the ocean. Debussy created confusion with his time signature of 6/4 = 3/2. As the piece is written, there are several places where the music pace seems awkward. However, in listening to Debussy’s own recording there are several times where a preceding half note equals the incoming quarter note and vice versa, like in measures 7, 13, 22, 84, and 86. My performance replicates the timing that Debussy used in his recording which is different from a lot of professional recordings such as Martin Jones, Rubinstein, Barenboim, Zimerman, Richter, and Michelangeli. This piece uses medieval harmonies, spans the entire keyboard, and uses all 3 pedals in a unique way. It is played on my Yamaha CLP-585. 

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