Debussy: Images & Pour le piano

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In a recent review published here, I suggested that Bärenreiter’s Easy Pieces and Dances collection offers an excellent entry point for exploring the music of Claude Debussy (1862-1918).

In this post I will look at a couple of Bärenreiter’s other Debussy editions, the two volumes of Images, and Pour le piano.

These are virtuoso concert works which qualify for the diploma and professional tag in terms of difficulty, but remain hugely popular concert works for those who are ready to tackle them…

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LCM ‘In Concert’ anthology

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London College of Music Exams may be less well known to readers than the ABRSM and Trinity College London boards which I have written about previously, but that may be about to change

Certainly LCM offer a very wide range of different assessments for piano players. According to my colleague David Barton:

And it isn’t just in the area of examinations that LCM are looking to innovate and lead the way, but also in the area of publications…

When Publications Officer David Duncan told me that he hopes to significantly shake up their publications, I quietly thought to myself ”thank goodness, as their previous efforts haven’t been particularly user friendly, well edited, or attractively presented.

That said, nothing prepared me for the extent and speed with which LCM Publications would reinvent itself: their new collection of selected works from their Piano Diploma syllabus has taken my breath away.

Put simply ’In Concert is an extraordinary achievement, and in a completely different league from LCM’s previous published efforts. And whether or not you are interested in LCM’s Diploma exam, this is a highly desirable new collection for players looking for interesting and diverse repertoire at this level.

Let’s take a closer look…

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