Alan Dodson, 'So free as to seem improvised': Rhythmic revisions and kinetic form in Debussy's recording of 'D'un cahier d'esquisses,' in: Claude Debussys Aufnahmen eigener Klavierwerke, ed. Tihomir Popovic, forthcoming from Steiner Verlag.
Examples -- all pertain to D'un cahier d'esquisses except Exx. 4, 11, and 12
Ex. 1 score, bars 44-45
Ex. 2 proportional analysis from Howat, Debussy in Proportion (Cambridge 1983), p. 139
Ex. 4 La cathédrale engloutie, bars 5-9
(b) tempo in Debussy's recording
(b) timing analysis of Debussy's recording
Ex. 7 bars 45-46 from the recording by Fou Ts'ong
Ex. 8 grouping in the coda
Ex. 9 score, bars 11-28 (first episode)
Score (Schott 1904) with bar numbers and form labels
Sonic Visualiser markup file -- To use this, you must first purchase the recording and convert it to a WAV, OGG, or MP3 file.
Transcription -- No attempt has been made to represent aspects of metric indeterminacy in the recording such as the ephemerality of the various 9/8 bars (see Exx. 13, 15, and 18).