Monday, April 24, 2006

Debussy's influence on Bach: the Mass in B minor

Has anyone ever noted that the Mass's Sanctus chorus, with its shimmery male voices, overlapping and spread out (a haze of seaspray added by necessity of the Kantian manifolds of Time and Space with a dose of human fallenness and imperfection) and its building brass like proud pillars of some undersea structure---

---outdoes and perfects Debussy's conclusion to La Mer's "Nuages"? Bach is more chromatic, more impressionistic, more worshipful of the great waves of nature and their true Nature.

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