You never do find out what makes you tick, and after a while it’s unimportant.
Debussy - La Cathédrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral)
Arranged for orchestra by Leopold Stokowski
Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra with Geoffrey Simon conducting
One of Debussy’s Preludes, La Cathédrale Engloutie is an impressionistic piece that evokes the Breton folktale of the city of Ys. According to legend Ys was a city built below sea level off the coast of Brittany, surrounded by a high dyke to protect the inhabitants from the waves and a sea gate in the walls that could only safely be opened at low tide. It was once Europe’s greatest city, with a magnificent cathedral whose bells could be heard for miles, but during the reign of King Gralon his daughter, the rather sociopathic princess Dahut, who loved the sea but hated people, caused the city’s destruction by opening the sea gate during a storm at high tide. A giant wave rolled through the streets, and the city was flooded and swept to sea. It is said that on calm days when the water is clear, the cathedral rises from the ocean, and then one can hear the chanting of priests and the chiming of bells from the sea.