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Syrinx - Claude Debussy

Syrinx - Claude Debussy

1 part2 pages02:528 years ago28,565 views
Syrinx is a piece of music for solo flute which Claude Debussy wrote in 1913. It is commonly considered to be an indispensable part of any flautist's repertoire. Many musical historians believe that "Syrinx", which gives the performer generous room for interpretation and emotion, played a pivotal role in the development of solo flute music in the early twentieth century.


Clair de Lune

1 part6 pages04:326 years ago393,731 views
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) composed Clair de Lune, the third movement from the Suite Bergamasque in 1888 (first published in 1903). It is important to note that with the exception of the poetically titled Clair de Lune, suite Bergamasque is created exclusively from Baroque movements. The choice of compound triple meter for this movement shows the contrast to the dance movements and helps allow Debussy freedom to articulate the music differently.

In addition, Clair de Lune is compositionally, the most adventurous piece of the suite. The positioning within the suite is important; it is the suite’s third movement, and is the lyrical climax of the suite. The use of structure and proportion within the movement is significant;

Most important of all, they show ways in which the forms are used to project the music’s dramatic and expressive qualities with maximum precision.

The opening theme of Clair De Lune is derived from music heard in the preceding movements of the suite. This is worth mentioning, as while Debussy has composed a movement that may itself warrant detailed analysis, it is important to remember that care has been taken with both compositional material and structure on a macroscopic level.

While the overall structure of the movement is ambiguous, the form best fitting the movement is ternary form, extended by a coda created from material originating in section B. On a superficial level, the overall structure of ternary form; A B A, fits the structure of the movement well. In ternary form, the first and third sections (A) are normally identical, although commonly, the third section will feature more ornamentation than the first section; while the middle section (B) contrasts sharply with it. The thematic material in the A and B sections would sharply contrast; which they do here. An alternative to ternary form could be rounded binary form, again with an added coda. While the general structure ABa fits the music, the form is less likely to be rounded binary because two main themes are used, therefore the music is not monothematic, nor are the sections harmonically open. The movement remains mostly in the tonic, the only modulation occurring in bars 37-42, which means the sections are harmonically closed.

Reverie - Debussy ~ as written

1 part4 pages04:05a year ago12,141 views
This is a faithful transcription as near as I can tell. I have highlighted in deep red places that I don't understand and one place where I added a tempo change. I used a book entitled "Enjoy Debussy" subtitled "Piano Solos" by Charles Hansen Music and Books, 1860 Broadway NY, NY (no date). I checked a score scanned and uploaded to IMSLP with the publisher info Paris: E. Fromont, 1905. Plate E. 1403 F. and reprinted as Claude Debussy: Piano Music 1888-1905. The only differences I could find were in measures 51-52, the Hansen transcription has all notes dotted (stacato) but the Fromont scan does not. In measures 92-93, the Hansen document shows all notes in the treble staff tenuto, whereas the Fromont scan does not. I left the Tenuto but got rid of the staccato.

The tempo change was added because the music slows at measure 47 (rit.) but doesn't sound right to me after it changes musically at measure 51. Also, I think I have the overall tempo of the playback faster than most pianists play it. Personally, I think most recordings are too slow.

The things I didn't understand all involve crescendos that go from sf to mf or p to p. These didn't make sense to me, but maybe a piano player would understand.

Debussy - Suite Bergamasque

1 part25 pages16:563 years ago7,789 views
Based on the edition of H. Swarsenski.

The Suite bergamasque is one of the most famous piano suites by Claude Debussy. Debussy commenced the suite in 1890 at age 28, but he did not finish or publish it until 1905.

The Suite bergamasque was first composed by Debussy around 1890, but was significantly revised just before its publication in 1905. It seems that by the time a publisher came to Debussy in order to cash in on his fame and have these pieces published, Debussy loathed the earlier piano style in which these pieces were written. While it is not known how much of the Suite was written in 1890 and how much was written in 1905, it is clear that Debussy changed the names of at least two of the pieces. "Passepied" was called "Pavane", and "Clair de lune" was originally titled "Promenade Sentimentale." These names also come from Paul Verlaine's poems. The final title of Suite bergamasque comes from Verlaine's poem Clair de Lune, which refers to 'bergamasques' in its opening stanza: Votre âme est un paysage choisi / Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques / Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi / Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques.

The Suite bergamasque consists of four movements:
1. "Prélude"
2. "Menuet"
3. "Clair de lune"
4. "Passepied"

Debussy - Deux arabesques

1 part13 pages06:59a year ago6,268 views
Thanks to Stephen Malinowski of Music:Eyes ( for providing the animation and recording of Arabesque No 1:

Transcribed for OpenScore by fattypikachu (

Note: The recording only includes Arabesque No. 1. You need to click the gear/settings icon in the score player and change the audio source to "MuseScore audio" to listen to Arabesque No. 2.

Rêverie :Debussy

1 part5 pages03:534 years ago3,577 views
Made by MuseScore 2.0.
Debussy is my favorite composer :-).

This score seems there is a problem on webplayer.(nosounds?)
and It seems there is an abnormality in the display of page 4.
but It is no problem if opened by MuseScore2.0.

Debussy - Images: Reflets dans leau

1 part7 pages04:27a year ago3,082 views
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Images, 1ere série
Reflets dans l'eau

Performer: Marc-André Hamelin

This score was created as an engraving exercise, and is meant to be a faithful recreation of the one available on It has been placed into the Public Domain.

Best PDF download:

Corrections made to original score:
Measure 8 - Changed clef placement to match measure 4.
Measure 51 - Changed double-dotted eigth rest in right hand to a single dot.
Measure 55 - Changed rest from double-dotted eigth to dotted sixteenth.
Measure 57 - Changed rhythms of last note and rest in right hand.
Measure 82 - Added missing clef change in left hand.

Nov 8, 17: Corrected an error. Made many notational changes, primarily in the ottava lines.