Claude Debussy ‒ Images (Complete)

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    Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918), Images I L105 & Images II L105 (1903 & 1907)

    Performed by Pascal Rogé

    00:00 - No. 1 Reflets dans l'eau
    05:02 - No. 2 Hommage à Rameau
    11:57 - No. 3 Mouvement

    15:16 - No. 4 Cloches à travers les feuilles
    20:08 - No. 5 Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
    25:47 - No. 6 Poissons d'or

    The six Images were in Debussy’s mind in some form as early as December 1901, when he played versions of two of them (Reflets dans l’eau and Mouvement) to the pianist Ricardo Viñes, but the complete list of titles was not fixed until July 1903, when he sent these to the publisher Fromont. He had just completed the Estampes, and the Images, the first book of which was published in October 1905, can be heard as a development along the same colouristic lines, following earlier intimations in various pieces by Chabrier and in Ravel’s Jeux d’eau. The technique has been called one of illusion-what you see on the printed page is often not at all what you get, depending largely on your use of the sustaining pedal-but equally Debussy shared the concerns of such ‘colourful’ composers as Berlioz and Liszt that overtly descriptive music should also work in purely structural terms.

    The small wave forms of Reflets dans l’eau and its key of D flat major might suggest it was a spin-off from La mer, except that the above chronology points, if anything, to the relationship being reversed. Debussy jokingly referred to the piece as being written ‘according to the most recent discoveries in harmonic chemistry’. While this is perhaps a trifle exaggerated, what is disturbing is the way the dreamlike opening, a standard eight-bar phrase, is immediately interrupted by chromatic chords: throughout the piece, the reflections in the water go on being unsettled by pebbles thrown from an unseen hand. The essential circularity of this piece is echoed in the final Mouvement, which is almost an early Étude (‘Pour les triolets’?). Marked to be played ‘with a fantastical but precise lightness’, it achieves an extraordinary rapprochement between academic note-spinning and imaginative atmosphere, with a few fanfares added for good measure. The central Hommage à Rameau, while outwardly placid and monumental, partakes of more traditional rhetorical structures and of the effortless internal dynamism that is so much a part of the genius of Rameau, ‘without any of that pretence towards German profundity, or to the need of emphasizing things with blows of the fist’, as Debussy put it when reviewing a performance of the first two acts of Rameau’s Castor et Pollux in 1903-which possibly inspired his piece, although searches for direct quotations from the earlier composer have so far proved fruitless.

    Heavy pounding is even further banished in the second book of Images, published in October 1907. In Cloches à travers les feuilles, apart from two forte chords in the middle, the dynamics are set at piano and below. Within these narrow confines, Debussy explores the idea of bells sounding through leaves, or at least through some substance that flickers and undulates. Although the title of this piece was, as noted above, already fixed in 1903, it is at least possible, given his rivalry with Ravel, that in composing the piece Debussy took note of the younger composer’s La vallée des cloches, published in early 1906, even if only in the determination to write something as different as possible. The demands on the pianist, in the balancing of lines, are extreme: again, the piece could almost be an Étude-‘Pour les lignes superposées’? The second panel of the triptych, Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut, leads on from Pagodes in the Estampes in its exploitation, not so much of Oriental sounds like the gamelan, though these are certainly present, as of an Oriental stillness and stasis. The first chord belongs, in the Western tradition, as part of a sixteenth-century cadence, achieved through part-writing: Debussy gives it a quite new feeling by treating it as a non-cadential chord with no sense of part-writing whatever, just as a sound in itself. Like the ruined temple, it has survived, but in a new world and with a new function. Finally, Poissons d’or charts the imagined swoops and twitches of two large carp as featured on a Japanese plaque in black lacquer, touched up with mother-of-pearl and gold, that hung on the wall of Debussy’s study. Here indeed we do find him enjoying ‘the most recent discoveries in harmonic chemistry’, and taking the static ‘well motif’ from Pelléas and investing it with piscine acrobatics.

X Y
X Y

Sight reading this is nightmare.

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bullheaded85
bullheaded85

Jeez, this suite is so good, pensive at times. Gd music for your best day, or your worst day.

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Shin-i-chi Kozima
Shin-i-chi Kozima

This is a lullaby of lullaby , and a cradle of soul

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Verity Sprott
Verity Sprott

Is this an arrangement?

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John Tsai
John Tsai

02:53 this Melody sounds like Rachmaninoff!

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Anna
Anna

The piece is amazing but I am scared of the key signatures

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Shin-i-chi Kozima
Shin-i-chi Kozima

The greatness of Debussy and his performers are immeasurable , unfathomable and beyond description ,and full of admiration , acclaim and deep emotion From Tokyo of the Land of the Rising Sun 🇯🇵 Audience ! which is your country ?

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Тимофей Ермолин
Тимофей Ермолин

Дебюсси как всегда Дебюсси.

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Gabriela
Gabriela

El estilo de Debussy es sorprendente

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陳恩宇
陳恩宇

Chopin etude 10 8 and 10 12 are useful for image no1

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Aslan Sylvester
Aslan Sylvester

I bet everyone just wanted to see the thumbnail part

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mark gatti
mark gatti

Debussy’s sense of balance, symmetry and understatement seems so keen—not a wasted note, not an overstated emotion—the goal is always artistic purity and the “beauty” will shine through. Effortlessly sophisticated and very cool.

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Piano’s Blox World
Piano’s Blox World

Teachers at conservatory: Debussy, compose in traditional forms. None of your crazy chords. Debussy: No, I don’t think so. Me: Thank goodness.

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Seb 713
Seb 713

Wow I thought that the tune I sometimes got in my head was from a fever dream coz it was so otherworldly and I couldn't remember ever hearing it before but it was the Hommage ã Rameau

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Cj Tuffman
Cj Tuffman

You can see where jazz came from

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Mysterious Shadow
Mysterious Shadow

This whole album is just a masterpiece; so much creativity; so much interesting change in harmonies.

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Martin Régnier - Piano World Records
Martin Régnier - Piano World Records

Masterpieces!!!!!

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Email Bible Studies
Email Bible Studies

All this piece was missing were some one-hundred-twenty-eighth notes! :) Very nice!

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Oliver NP
Oliver NP

It almost sounds like an improvisation, like Debussy sat down and somehow came up with these amazing chords - it it mostly beautiful chords - on the spot.

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户四
户四

嘈嘈切切错杂弹,大珠小珠落玉盘 1:20

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mohhingman
mohhingman

22:16 Moby - Porcelain

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Francisco Mourato
Francisco Mourato

Reflets dans l'eau is so beautiful!!

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Laurence Gray
Laurence Gray

I first discovered this piece in one of my mother's music books when I was ten and my hands were too small to play it. My mother was a music teacher who began teaching me how to play the piano when I was six years old.

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John
John

Jazz in there.

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Steyer Beliford
Steyer Beliford

those notes are wacky

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excalibur1812
excalibur1812

I'm a professional wind musician, but seriously, how in the hell do people possibly read this?

Vor 3 Monate
paul loerres
paul loerres

I'll have whatever he's having

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Collin Crowl
Collin Crowl

The chromatic parallelish type chord thing going on starting at 21:32 … Debussy walked so Gershwin could run 🤪😂

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Blaine Ordinario
Blaine Ordinario

Best interpretation

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Carlos A.
Carlos A.

18:31 C-Sharp Major (7 sharps tonality) maybe in this part...

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Toni Chipunavi
Toni Chipunavi

Debussy: Pondré mis manos en el piano y tocaré todas las teclas a ver qué sale

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Jackson Amaral
Jackson Amaral

i enjoyed it.

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Diego Occhipinti
Diego Occhipinti

I love this Rogé´s version.

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Dominika I
Dominika I

What is that 7 on the triplets in "reflects dans l'eau"?

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na -kun
na -kun

Could you show timing ?

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KovalTheNarehate
KovalTheNarehate

There's something very ambient here, especially in the first section. It is about reflections on water, but I get a very clear image of rain falling and circles on water.

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Tecladistas Brasileiros
Tecladistas Brasileiros

P-E-R-F-E-I-TO!

Vor 4 Monate
Vlad Ochakovsky
Vlad Ochakovsky

Congratulations with 2M views!

Vor 4 Monate
zimanskjy
zimanskjy

Jazzy ispiration. Some times i can hear Thelonius.

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Randy Kern
Randy Kern

All the colors of a rainbow

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Ro
Ro

Mi favorito en el mundo, Debussy fue maravilloso

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Aldo Ringo
Aldo Ringo

The hommage à rameau is the most exilerating piece of music I've ever heard in my life. said no one ever, that shits boring as fuck

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GUILLOM
GUILLOM

@Aldo Ringo because your comment makes no sense(?

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Aldo Ringo
Aldo Ringo

@GUILLOM so why u confused then?

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GUILLOM
GUILLOM

@Aldo Ringo No, that's why I'm on an english comment section responding to an english comment.

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Aldo Ringo
Aldo Ringo

@GUILLOM u speak English?

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GUILLOM
GUILLOM

???

Vor 5 Monate
Daniel Hines
Daniel Hines

I love those parallel chords in "et la lune". Debussy's probably my biggest influence piano-wise, especially little things like parallels. They just work so well.

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Gusttavo
Gusttavo

Que coisa mais LINDA!!!

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funny person
funny person

In the middle of this I got a jazz piano add. I was listening to this while falling asleep and it scared me so much.

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Lucas Cheong loves music
Lucas Cheong loves music

29:59

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BW92116
BW92116

To me, Debussy's compositions sound like Impressionist paintings.

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Stephen Owesney
Stephen Owesney

Ho

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Debussy is so talented- I-

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Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge

the four stages of musicians 1: your average joe. might play heart and soul at a party 2: plays some pretty generic music, bach, mozart, etc. 3: lang lang 4: debussy

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Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge

its amazingly odd yet beautiful

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CristianRandy Oilvert
CristianRandy Oilvert

Siempre la escucharemos.... Mi Hermano y Yo

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Mark Seibold
Mark Seibold

What I find so beautifully ironic is that as this music starts it could swear it was modern 20th century late 1950s to early 1960s Bill Evans improvised jazz piano . I could almost swear that this is where Bill Evans got much of his ideas for music from listening to and learning to borrow from Debussy. I also recently found the famous Reflections in D by Duke Ellington that was later arranged by Bill Evans, as portions of its sound almost as copied from Debussy.

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Virtuous Vibes
Virtuous Vibes

Everytime you hear Debussy you just step into a whole new world, literally

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Erik Streightoff
Erik Streightoff

I'll teach you to write in the classical style in a week if your already a musician. This music here is not really melody. The classical writers aren't gods I know most of their tricks. I can teach you guys, or you can learn from playing a lot of piano in the easy keys so you can absorb what's going on in the music. What's important is that you make rapid progress so you can have 20 years or more of good writing and change today's music to classical, or people are just going to listen to car ads

Vor 8 Monate
hange's shawtay
hange's shawtay

Don't mind mee just here for music class

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Tim Ward
Tim Ward

those are some *enormous* chords in Cloches.

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부계정
부계정

18:00

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Gerd Lindlar
Gerd Lindlar

magic

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윤형우
윤형우

29:59

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Вероника Заглотова
Вероника Заглотова

Debussy can always have my bussy

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Cyrus Choy
Cyrus Choy

Listen it with eyes open and listen again with your eyes closed.

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Not Sure
Not Sure

Having ads in something like this should not be allowed.

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The Gabe Johnson
The Gabe Johnson

No.4 Mr. Mysterioso

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Noel Arthur
Noel Arthur

Как же это сложно сыграть.

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Derek Pintozzi
Derek Pintozzi

Hommage sounds like ravels le gibet

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Musical_Lolu
Musical_Lolu

Ads, wtf!

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Timothy Sullivan
Timothy Sullivan

I listened to the Images (Michaelangeli) every night when I was in my teens, now I just breathe it from my soul.

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Zed O'Haughy
Zed O'Haughy

Listening to these reminds me of just how much Debussy's influence is felt in so many genres & idioms. I heard Disney Soundtracks, Jazz, Blues, 60s/70s TV Show Themes and Incidental Music lol. It colored everything that came after it. (In the West, that is. There's a whole other world of music out there that doesn't care about Debussy :D )

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Grace Kuo
Grace Kuo

我覺得很好聽

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박엘리
박엘리

진짜 개천재다

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87 Pierre Emad
87 Pierre Emad

Debussy is basically if Bach got bored of counterpoint and decided to go for harmony

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Helen Shaub
Helen Shaub

Wow his playing was wierd but spectacular!!

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Vedant Dave
Vedant Dave

Just for myself: (I saw this on a previous comment and wanted it to be the first thing I see) - Reflets dans l’eau = Reflections in the water - Hommage à Rameau = Tribute to Rameau - Mouvement = Motion - Cloches à travers les feuilles = Bells through the leaves - Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut = And the moon goes down on the temple that was - Poissons d’or = Golden fishes

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Artem Drozdov
Artem Drozdov

Спасибо за публикацию! Замечательная музыка!

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Raymond
Raymond

18:10 is a where the music turns magical. So brilliantly played!

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willrobd
willrobd

yung hegelians fleet

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James D.
James D.

I can see where a lot of jazz piano harmonies came from.

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wa7saka
wa7saka

0:29 woahhh

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wa7saka
wa7saka

sounds kinda jazzy for classical music and i like jazz

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Kuramane K
Kuramane K

I’m 44 years old and I really enjoy that pussy’s music. Really makes me want to play the piano again.

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Kuramane K
Kuramane K

autocorrect, I want to write Debussy

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Robert Cohn
Robert Cohn

This is a splendid performance. The tonality, attack, emotion are all outstanding. I cannot fathom why this would get even one down vote let alone more than 350! Thank you for posting.

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Jay Tolbert
Jay Tolbert

All this fuss about key signatures. There are only twelve. Whatever you do in life, I guarantee you have to remember, and be familiar with more than twelve of anything to do it. Quit kicking and get on with the learning and understanding of it. Or just sit back and enjoy what you hear.

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Janson Tang
Janson Tang

I always think about what if composers are alive today and what's their reaction. If Beethoven is alive today even though he is deaf he can still hear things with the newest technology and maybe he can compose music better. And the sound quality today is much more better than the past . For example the piano sound today is probably much more better than the past

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PJ GRAND
PJ GRAND

Debussy music is so enchanting its like being in a lovely dream

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Antonio Papini
Antonio Papini

muy buen registro de Pascal Roge

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Aidan Yoon
Aidan Yoon

02:46 why does that simple E flat major chord give so much catharsis? it's from heaven

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Connor Dowd
Connor Dowd

that bass moving down a half step into the chord smokes you

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권지명
권지명

30:00

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정이현
정이현

20000th like 😄

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Christopher Clark
Christopher Clark

This is jazz .

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William Cooke
William Cooke

The lower bitrate makes it so fuzzy and warm—maybe even more pleasing than if it was a perfect modern recording

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A.I.M
A.I.M

I showed this to my right hand and all my fingers are broken now.

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Jorge Fraile
Jorge Fraile

11:50 I had never seen a pppp before

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Chobian25
Chobian25

I really like Debussy... Even more than Ravel or any other Impressionistic composer, besides Scriabin... But I miss something. I dont know what, but I kinda just need that jump between major minor in a very beautiful way. Dont get me wrong! I absolutly adore Debussy.. But not in a way I adore, e.g. Chopin or Mendelssohn. On my impressionistic ear, Debussy is really a treasure, but not on my "straight" major-minor ear...

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Ocean
Ocean

this looks like a headache to play

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Neeraj Krishnan G
Neeraj Krishnan G

18:49 I think I know where they got the cave music for the gen 3/gen 4 Pokemon games.

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Albert S
Albert S

Never heard this, I want to play the fast part.

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alcyonecrucis
alcyonecrucis

Anyone know what level it would be for RCM?

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Glenn Horvath
Glenn Horvath

notes look like artwork.I think he just designed the notework in some places to look cool and graphically appealing, then tweaked a few notes to make it musical. IMO

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faithandfury
faithandfury

You really put adds on this video you piece of fucking shit.

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Daniel Uman
Daniel Uman

This is f*ing beautiful and fascinating!

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Kuasm
Kuasm

It's obvious Debussy listened to a lot of Bill Evans.

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Daniel Gonzalez, Jr
Daniel Gonzalez, Jr

How do you interpret the part where bass and treble clef are in the same staff.

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