Debussy's Grand Hotel, Vue sur La Mer

Past concerts

Sun, 13/10/2019
CC De Spil, Roeselare
Sun, 01/12/2019
CC De Ververij, Ronse
Thu, 16/01/2020
CC De Leest, Izegem
Sat, 01/02/2020
deSingel, Antwerpen
Sat, 01/02/2020
deSingel, Antwerpen
Sun, 18/10/2020
Amuz, Antwerpen

Debussy's Grand Hotel, Vue sur La Mer


In june 1904 Claude Debussy fled Parijs direction Jersey. By that time he was already a renowned and celebrated musician. It is there he finished La Mer, a magnificent symfonic poem focussing on the primal force of water, including concealed sexual connotations.

In this period his music bears the subcutaneous marks of a deep, personal crisis, clearly reflected as well in L’Isle joyeuse as in Masques for piano solo. The opposition between both speaks of torment: the joy he experienced with his mistress – his future wife Emma Bardac – fervently contrasts with his feelings of guilt because of the imminent divorce from Lily Texier.

This performance presents the ‘Jersey music’ by Claude Debussy, with a astounding arrangment of La Mer for an intimistic piano trio.

Browsing through Debussy’s letters, Lily as well as Emma muse accompanied by a new composition by Dominique Pauwels, as a faint echo of times long gone by, in search of the man behind the composer.


Dominique Pauwels
Grand Hotel (2019)
commission by SPECTRA
world creation

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
La Mer (1903–1905)
L’Isle joyeuse (1904)
Masques (1904)


SPECTRA conducted by Filip Rathé
Reinhilde Decleir or Sara De Bosschere, play


Reinhilde Decleir(c)Tine De WildeSara De BosschereDebussy's Grand Hotel


artikel in de krant van Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (13 okt 2020) Het tutti fratelli festival