18 Feb 2022

DEBUSSY arr Indra Hughes: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

From Music Alive, 8:03 pm on 18 February 2022

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Performed by Indra Hughes on the Auckland Town Hall Organ, 13 August 2021.

Indra Hughes

Indra Hughes at Huia Photo: Indra Hughes

This is one of Debussy's most well-known pieces - it comes from his first book of Preludes for the piano.

It was inspired by a poem by Leconte de Lisle, 'La fille aux cheveux de lin', which describes somewhat erotically a young woman sitting in a field of flowers on a cool summer morning.

The colour of her hair is compared to linen or dressed flax (the European flax, not the New Zealand flax) - a pale yellow.

Recorded by RNZ Concert, Auckland Town Hall, 13 August 2021
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay

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