Johannes S. Nugroho
Lecture Dr. Christine Utomo: L'isle Joyeuse and Masques, The Opposite Twins
Debussy’s “Masques” and “L’isle Joyeuse,” written in 1903-04, were originally thought of as parts of Suite Bargamasque. Although these two pieces were seldom performed together as a pair, they present themselves as exact opposing twins. One piece ends in tragic, while the other in heavenly paradise. The stories became much more captivating as they became autobiographical. How did Debussy manage to express his emotional turbulence with two women of his life in these two pieces?