Debussy: The Happy Island (L'isle joyeuse)

The solo piano piece composed by Claude Debussy in 1904 was inspired by one of the Cythera Island paintings of the immortal figure of French rococo painting, Jean-Antoine Watteau. According to the legend, the Greek island was the birthplace of Venus, the Goddess of love, who came to life arising from the sea.

The other inspiration of the piece came from Emma Bardach, the second wife of Debussy, with whom they spent their honeymoon on the Island of Jersey. The boundless happiness, the play of the soaring feelings of a man in love is reflected in the piano accords that enchant the listener.