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Melbourne Art Song Collective celebrates the music of Claude Debussy. MASC has also commissioned new songs from four Australian composers in response to Debussy’s piano preludes.

The texts are taken from the work of Cassie Lewis’s recently published collection, ‘The Blue Decodes.’ Cassie is a Melbourne-born poet, currently resident in New York. The four composers whose new work will be featured are Matan Franco, Lisa Illean and Jack Symonds.


Claude Debussy
Preludes, Book I – 7. Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest (‘What the West Wind Has Seen’)

Matan Franco
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Claude Debussy
Preludes, Book I – 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir (‘The sounds and fragrances swirl through the evening air’)

Lisa Illean

Claude Debussy
Preludes, Book I – 9. La sérénade interrompue (‘Interrupted Serenade’)

Claude Debussy
Preludes, Book I – 10. La cathédrale engloutie (‘The Submerged Cathedral’)

Jack M Symonds

Claude Debussy
Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme