Thursday, November 29, 2012
Debussy and Ravel feuded in public and in private. Their music had similar answers but each argued endlessly that it was wrong, so wrong, how the other had chosen to formulate the question.
They were related -- like big and little brother, first-born and next in line -- constantly encroaching on each other's territory. Eventually Ravel said, “It is probably better after all for us to be on frigid terms for illogical reasons.”
But both loved and protected Erik Satie. Their spiritual baby brother. Though, in reality, Satie was older than Ravel. Satie never threatened any borders, because he had a land of his own.
I'm just sorry Argerich never played this.