THE LYRIC FEATURE | The Snow is Dancing

CLAUDE DEBUSSY Image Name: CLAUDE DEBUSSY Description: Claude Debussy

The Snow is Dancing

On the cover of his Children’s Corner Suite, the French composer Claude Debussy drew and painted a momento for his little daughter Chou-Chou to complement the startling visual images he created for her in sound. One of those pieces, The Snow is Dancing, is the title of this week’s Lyric Feature.  One hundred and fifty years after his birth. pianist Therese Fahy makes a nostalgic visit to Paris and investigates Debussy’s extraordinary impact on Irish musical culture. Included are on-location recordings at the Debussy Museum at St Germain-en-Laye, the Luxembourg Gardens and the cemetery at Passy where he is buried. Resting alongside her father is Debussy’s beloved Chou-Chou who sadly died just one year later.


Almost a century after his death, Debussy’s music continues to exert a subtle and magical power over the imagination. His methods and musical style were certainly unorthodox but highly visual in content, inspired not only by contemporary painters but also the symbolist poets, and the art and music of the Orient.


Contributors include Sheila Pratschke, Director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris; Remy Copain from the Debussy Museum at St Germain-en-Laye; Simon Trezise, editor of the Cambridge Companion to Debussy; Irish composers Michael Holohan and Kevin O’Connell; and pianist and French music expert, David Mooney.


Presented by Therese Fahy

Produced by Una Hunt


A Heritage Music Production for RTÉ lyric fm. The programme is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Broadcasting Funding Scheme.

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 28th December, 7pm-8pm