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Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun October 16, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Music & Dance.

Last night, at midnight, ethereal music coming from another room woke us up.

Spooked, we got up to investigate with BFF leading the way.  As we walked through the living room, we expected with every step to come face-to-face with a friendly spectre (or, worse, an unfriendly intruder).

When we reached the guest room, we heard music floating aloft from the bedside clock radio.

But who had turned it on?!

Since we hadn’t encountered any spectral beings on our midnight ramble, BFF decided he must have set the music alarm that afternoon while dusting.

(Yup, he dusts.  And, yup, he’s taken.)

Even after we turned off the alarm, the music stayed with me.  I heard it playing as I drifted off to sleep . . .

After spending the morning at the farmer’s market, I decided we needed to discover the composer and title of the piece.  As soon as we stashed our produce buys, we checked the clock radio, found the station (WSMR, 89.1), and kept our fingers crossed that the station’s playlist would share last night’s midnight movement.

It did!

12:00 AM Claude Debussy Prelude to The Afternoon of A Faun Paavo Jarvi; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Telarc, 80617

Here it is:

Aah . . . that’s beautiful!


1. Ally Bean - October 16, 2019

I remember this tune from when I took Music Appreciation in college. I don’t think I’ve heard it since then. It’s ethereal and relaxing. I say get BFF to dust more often!

nrhatch - October 16, 2019

Waking and hearing this come from the other room when NO ONE else was in the villa with us was a real eye opener. 😯

I really expected to see a spectral visitor sleeping in our bed!

2. Tippy Gnu - October 16, 2019

Sounds ghostly and mesmerizing. I love classical music, so thanks for sharing your midnight music discovery.

nrhatch - October 16, 2019

You are welcome. I took a music appreciation class in college which opened my eyes (and ears!) to the pleasures of classical music.

Tippy Gnu - October 16, 2019

I once read a book called, “How to Listen to Music”. It would seem like a no-brainer, but there’s actually more going on in a classical music piece than meets the casual ear.

nrhatch - October 16, 2019

Sounds like a good book!

3. Rivergirl - October 16, 2019

Well, if you have a ghost with a penchant for playing music… at least you have one with good taste.

nrhatch - October 16, 2019

Exactly! It’s a good station to wake up to.

4. Jill Weatherholt - October 16, 2019

I’m sleeping to that tonight!

nrhatch - October 16, 2019

Perfect! Sweet dreams!!!

5. anotherday2paradise - October 16, 2019

How lovely, Nancy. A little night music never goes amiss. 😃

nrhatch - October 16, 2019

Jill has the right idea ~ falling asleep to it would be lovely.

6. Debra - October 16, 2019

I’m familiar with this classical piece and it is indeed beautiful. I do listen to a classical station and frequently find myself on their website in order to research and ask questions. Isn’t it wonderful that we can have such easy access! Now, are you CERTAIN BFF was responsible? Stick to that story, as it’s a lot more comforting than any alternative. 🙂

nrhatch - October 16, 2019

The spectral nature of the music, commencing at the bewitching hour of midnight, makes me wonder . . .

Maybe we did have a “guest” in the guest room last night. 😯

7. Endless Weekend - October 17, 2019

I normally don’t like it when I have a tune playing endlessly in a loop in my head (yes, normally after hearing it on the radio, no, nothing to do with dusting), but I’m enjoying this haunting melody looping … Thank you for making it so 🎵

nrhatch - October 17, 2019

You’re welcome. Like you, I found it a welcome surprise.

8. Joanne Sisco - October 17, 2019

An incident like that one would scare the bejezus out of me!!

nrhatch - October 17, 2019

It was eerie especially given the late (midnight) hour and the ethereal nature of the composition . . .

When we went to bed last night, we wondered if our guest ghost would give us an encore. 😯

9. L. Marie - October 17, 2019

Wow! The music is beautiful and gentle. But what a weird experience you had!

nrhatch - October 19, 2019

My sleep has been interrupted several times this week. This morning I got up at a quarter to dawn (early for me) to enjoy my tea accompanied by Nasty Nestor’s periodic squalls.

10. Behind the Story - October 19, 2019

Thanks for finding this haunting piece. It’s beautiful! I love Debussy and I love woodwinds. This seems to have a lot of oboe, right? Or is it flute?

I remember when my daughter was studying a Debussy piece on the piano. His compositions are very tricky with conflicting things happening at once.

nrhatch - October 19, 2019

So glad you liked it, Nicki. I was a bit surprised that I’d never heard it before since Debussy is on frequent playlists. I cheated and checked notes:

Instrumentation, Orchestra: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets (A), 2 bassoons

Like your daughter, I played Debussy (Eau Claire de Lune) in my piano playing days. I expect my arrangement was easy (for the piano impaired). 😛

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