|André Caplet and Claude Debussy|
Shortly after the piano score was published Debussy's friend André Caplet created a transcription for orchestra, as he was to do for several of Debussy's works. Caplet was a composer in his own right whose career was cut short by the effects of a gas attack during the Great War. He never completely recovered and died from a lung disease in 1925.
Though I would have difficult choosing between the two I find Caplet's transcription the more evocative of a snowy landscape and gentle swirls of snow dancing through the air. The piano version seems to have the odd shard of ice hidden within its whirling flakes. But I'll let you decide which you prefer..
Here's Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing Debussy's original piano piece.
Even as I type this there are gentle swirls of snow outside my window - at this point it's almost possible to believe in Debussy's winter magic. Ask me how I feel about it in two months time.
November 19 - 1916: Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures.