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Claude Debussy, The Gift of Space

Jean-François Zygel's Music Lessons

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Quatuor Klimt
Henri Demarquette — Cellist

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Jean-François Zygel presents Debussy's The Gift of Space. Movement by movement, he dissects the French composer's work and explores its origins, inspirations, and musical richness. Zygel musical illustrates his explanations himself at the piano and with the help of the Quatuor Klimt and cellist Henri Demarquette.

For more than a decade, Jean-François Zygel—pianist, improviser, and pedagogue without equal—has given his highly acclaimed Music Lessons at the town hall of Paris' 20th arrondissement and later at the Théâtre du Châtelet, filmed by Naïve. The Lessons enable his public to (re)discover selected works of the classical music repertoire and get to know them inside and out, using Zygel's own highly accessible and original methods.  In each episode, Jean François Zygel presents the oeuvre of a selected composer, accompanying himself at the piano and musically illustrating his explanations with the help of his fellow musicians.

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Directed by:
Marie-Christine Gambart
Venue: Town Hall of the XXth arrondissement (Paris, France)
Production date: 2003
Recording date: 2003
Duration: 1 h 10 min
Production: © TELESCOPE Audiovisuel
Resolution: SD