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Postcards from Debussy: Day 3

Posted at 9:41 PM on August 21, 2012 by John Birge

Inspired by Debussy's 150th birthday anniversary this week, every morning at 8:30 we'll play a composition by Debussy inspired by some specific place. Today it's his piano piece, "Pagodas." And what do Pagodas and the Eiffel Tower have in common? This:

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The Eiffel Tower was the symbol of the 1889 Paris World Exhibition, where Claude Debussy experienced the revelation of the amazing music of the Javanese Gamelan. It's a story well-told in detail here, but hear the results in this performance of "Pagodas."