Debussy wrote three sets of Images. The earliest set, the Images oubliées were completed in 1894, and still belong to his romantic period of composition. The two later books appeared in 1905 and 1907 respectively and represent his shifting towards a symbolist style of composition. The movements are programmatic, and are for the most part individually titled. They are significant benchmarks in Debussy’s colourful and extravert life, and deserve their place amongst the most esteemed literature for the instrument.
Plexus is my first full length album, written for solo piano. Off the back of several months of studio recording I decided to follow up my first original single releases ‘Prelude’ and ‘Blue Lines’ with a larger scale release.
The album format played a crucial role in ordering the tracks and choosing how many tracks to include. I was keen on featuring three works on the album which were based around the same harmonic progression but explore different textures, and that they be equally placed across the album. ‘Prologue,’ ‘Interlude’ and ‘Epilogue’ became those three and with 5 other works separating them the album was finished at 13 songs.