Debussy’s piano cycles and more substantial single pieces are listed as single editions in our catalogue. A further twelve, mostly shorter pieces have been collected in this little volume. The pieces in this edition cover the whole of the composer’s creative life – from the Danse bohémienne by the 18-year-old youth and the demanding, dense D’un cahier d’esquisses (From a sketchbook) to the Élégie that was published in 1916. The volume provides players with an introduction to Debussy’s piano works that is not too difficult, but it also includes pieces for more advanced players. Thus it is warmly recommended for piano teachers.
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Although Debussy was a trained pianist, he had a distinctly ambivalent relationship with the piano as instrument. Only after seven years at the Conservatoire did he finally abandon his plans to become a professional pianist, the career his father had envisioned for him. Having won a second prize in 1877, he never succeeded in obtaining the first. His teachers valued the ease … more
About the composer
Most important French composer around 1900, whose music, primarily characterized by its sound, exhibits profound innovations. His oeuvre bears a close relationship to Symbolism.
|1862||Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on August 22.|
|1872–84||Studies at the Conservatoire de Paris. During this time, he travels with the family of Nadezhda von Meck to Switzerland, Italy, Vienna, and Russia, where he becomes acquainted with Russian and Gypsy music.|
|1884||Wins the Prix de Rome with his cantata “L’Enfant prodigue.” Thereafter resides in Rome until 1887.|
|1887–89||Songs, “Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire.”|
|1888/89||Visit to the Bayreuth Festival; criticism of Wagner.|
|1889||Exposition universelle (World Exposition) in Paris, where he learns about East Asian music, which influences his style.|
|1890||Connection to Mallarmé and his circle.|
|1891/1903||Series of songs, “Fêtes galantes,” after Verlaine.|
|1891–94||Orchestral work “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” (“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”) with arabesque-like melodies.|
|1897–99||Nocturnes for orchestra and women’s voices.|
|1901||Beginning of his activity as a music critic.|
|1902||Performance of the opera “Pelléas et Mélisande” after the Symbolist drama by Maeterlinck, which despite criticism spells his breakthrough.|
|1903–05||Orchestral work “La Mer” uses symphonic principles and “Impressionist” tonal language.|
|1905–07||Books one and two of “Images” for piano.|
|1906–08||“Children’s Corner,” children’s pieces for piano.|
|1909–10/11–1913||Books one and two of the “Préludes” for piano; the programmatic titles of these character pieces, some of which are quite esoteric, are listed at the end of each one.|
|1913||Songs “Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé.”|
|1915–17||Chamber music sonatas, drawing from the French tradition of the eighteenth century.|
|1918||Death in Paris on March 25.|
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The Debussy piano pieces are a potential best buy, combining into one volume several one-offs and binends difficult to acquire separately.
Pianistische Kleinode finden sich in diesem Band...insgesamt nicht zu schwierig.
Ein Muß für jeden Debussy Liebhaber!