Love, Romance and Flamenco
From 1975 Constant went back to painting and created paintings that, through his use of color and theme, immediately let the viewer in, romantic, accessible and personal. It is these works that inspired Noa Eyl to choose the piece Fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy to arrange for cymbal and violin. La fille aux cheveux de lin is a musical composition for solo piano. It is the eighth piece in the composer’s first book of Préludes, written between late 1909 and early 1910. The piece, named after the poem by Leconte de Lisle, is known for its musical simplicity, a departure from Debussy’s style at the time. The prelude is one of Debussy’s most recorded pieces, both in its original version and in later arrangements. Romantic, lovely and accessible as Constant’s work can be.
The first instrument Constant learns to play is his mother’s mandolin. From that moment on, music will play an important role in Constant’s life. As an adult, Constant becomes enchanted with largely improvised gypsy folk music and Flamenco. In his work the first reference to Spanish Flamenco appears in 1951, the subject remains a thread of inspiration in Constant’s work and life. It is these works that inspired Dani Luca to choose Claude Debussy’s piece La sérénade interrompue to arrange for cymbal and violin. It is the ninth of the Préludes, Book I (1909–1910) and is influenced by Impressionism in French painting in 1800. Debussy incorporated influences from Spanish folk music and others into his compositions. In La sérénade interrompue, the Spanish scale is characteristic, as are the dynamic shifts in volume and rhythm. In fact, in the composition, he imitates the sound of the guitar through the short, broken chords and the lyrical melody, which resonates right through the rhythmic movement of the accompaniment. Dani Luca chose this prelude because of these Flamenco-esque elements.