The Debussy Project



Melbourne Art Song Collective (MASC) presents a concert that celebrates the songs 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, Jack Symonds and Charlie Sdraulig.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Art Song Collective


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

Matan Franco
This story wants to be told in bed…

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
Women love a project…

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

Charlie Sdraulig
Rushing sounds like blood…

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

Jack M Symonds
Tomorrow I shut down

Claude Debussy
Chansons de Bilitis L.90