PLAINVIEW - Wayland Baptist University's Piano Artist in Residence Mark Anthony Pair will present a program featuring "The Twenty-Four Preludes" by Claude-Achille Debussy at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 12 in Harral Memorial Auditorium.
Debussy was a 20 th century impressionist whose music sought to implicate drab hues and abstract features with tonalities and harmonies. He is said to be the model composer of such new innovations in the music of this era. Debussy devised the whole-tone scale as a basis for some of his writings. The pentatonic scale, based on the five black keys of the piano, was also utilized in the composer's works.
Debussy's "Twenty-Four Preludes" suggests a piece of music that sets a mood for something that will follow. The preludes each contain a descriptive title which alludes to vivid impressions of people, nature, landscapes and emotions. The titles involve such things as sailboats, dancers, soldiers, fairies, entertainers, fog, thickets, fireworks and maidens. Pair will give brief explanations and descriptions before playing each piece.
The recital is free and open to the public.