For the titled composition by Composer Claude Debussy
Acrylic on Canvas - 12 x 50 each
Claude Debussy 12 Preludes for Piano
LA CATHEDRALE ENGLOUTIE (SUNKEN CATHEDRALES)
Created for the titled musical work
No. 10 Book I of PRÉLUDES By Claude Debuss
The art work “La Cathedrale Engloutie” is a two panel phantasmagorical work of acrylic on canvas. Panel Two is shown here.
La Cathedrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral) or The Engulfed Cathedrale describes the legendary story of the demise of the French coastal city and of the cathedral of Ys, along the coast of France, said to have fallen into the sea as a result of punitive measures based upon a lack of religious adherence to strict French Catholic practice.
Ys, the city cathedral of great architectural beauty breaks apart from the land and is buried in the sea. It is said however, that the sunken city off the coast of the Breton, Province of Armorique, emerges for a brief moment at midnight at high Summer Solstice where dragons, fire, serpents, grand spires, urchins afire and chaos bring a Hellish collapse that is glimpsed yearly, by claims of Mariners. Cathedral bells and monks' chants are heard in the mist of dawn as plunging fire is depicted in flutes, harp and pitched percussion depict the aftermath in a sparkle of sunlight in rippling waves.
At the climax of the piece one can almost see the great cathedral rising majestically from the deep as the church disappears into the mists and is the most popular works of 12 Preludes by Claude Debussy composed between late 1909 and early 1913.
Claude Debussy was born with “2” (double) foreheads, home schooled and extremely poor, shunned with his deformity in St. Germain- en- Laye in 1862, a shy and quiet child who began studying music at 9 years of age with the help of wealthy godparents.
Debussy stated, “Collect impressions. Don’t be in a hurry to write them down. Because that’s something music can do better than artists’ painting: it can centralize variations of color and light within a single picture - a truth generally ignored, obvious as it is” - it is a tone poet’s philosophy.
He died in Paris in 1918.
Debussy spoke of his own compositions “…what I am trying to do is something different, to produce an effect of reality…” a tone poem intention.
The French Legend of Y’s, is a parable much like the Legend of Atlantis, with its quest for a perfect world, perfection in man. "The true location of Atlantis is in the mind," (Fredericks 99).