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La Mer

La Mer, Debussy's orchestral masterpiece in a fantastic arrangement for piano trio by Sally Beamish

Trio Khaldei extends the limits of the trio repertoire by offering new arrangements from the great symphonic repertoire. These arrangements inevitably shed another light on this orchestral music, thought to be known inside and out, and allow this iconic repertoire to be presented on stages that the original version would never reach.

The adaptation for piano trio of Debussy's La Mer by Sally Beamish is a prime example. This re-orchestration does not simply reproduce the main elements of the original, but offers a perfect adaptation of the work to the colours of the piano trio. This emblematic piece of the great orchestral repertoire reveals itself in its essence: intense, colourful, intimate.

We offer this wonderful arrangement in two programs: De l’aube à la nuit, a dialogue of lights and shadows with Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (trio version), and Impressive impressionism, a program combining the harmonies of La Mer with those of Ravel and Celis.



Claude Debussy  La Mer (arr. S. Beamish)
Arnold Schönberg  Verklärte Nacht (arr. E. Steuermann)

La Mer and Verklärte Nacht, two emblematic symphonic poems united in the same program.

Debussy and Schönberg have, each in their own way, abandoned the traditional form of the symphony to turn to that of the symphonic poem, a form offering all the freedom necessary to translate a source of extra-musical inspiration into music.

The sea in all its qualities inspired Debussy in 1905 to write a symphonic poem in three parts: De l’Aube à midi sur la mer, Jeux de vagues and Dialogue du vent et de la mer.

A few years earlier - in 1899 - Schönberg used the famous poem by Richard Dehmel to compose his string sextet "Verklärte Nacht", bringing the romantic style to its climax.



Frits Celis  Trio, op. 5

Maurice Ravel  Trio

Claude Debussy  La Mer (arr. S. Beamish)

The culmination of impressionist orchestral and chamber music

Impressive, rich and bewitching, impressionist music occupies a unique place in the history of music. Intimate and subtle sound fields, freer harmony, floating rhythms, oriental influences and the influence of jazz music are all new sources of inspiration for composers.

For Claude Debussy, a symphonic poem was the obvious choice to represent the sea and all its qualities. In three parts, De l’Aube à midi sur la mer, Jeux de vagues and Dialogue du vent et de la mer, it's one of the main orchestral pieces of this period. Presented here in an arrangement by Sally Beamish, this work reveals itself in its essence.

Called to the front in 1914, Maurice Ravel had to urgently finish the composition of his Piano Trio. The haste of the writing process has spawned one of the most innovative and colourful pieces in the history of chamber music. The inspiration of Basque rhythms, a form of Malaysian poetry and the exploration of the extremes of each instrument make it a true masterpiece.

Trio Khaldei, great defender of Belgian music, offers you in addition to these two French icons the colourful music of the Belgian composer Frits Celis. His Trio Op. 5, composed in 1958, is characterised by a very strong rhythmic tension, a clear structure but above all an admirable and wide palette of timbres.