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Claude Debussy: Twelve Etudes (Book II)

The etudes were Debussy’s last important works for piano, written in the midst of World War II, when the composer was already seriously ill with cancer.
He was very proud of this work, and was bold enough to dedicate it to that other composer of extremely inspired piano etudes – Chopin. Indeed, as in the case of the Chopin studies, Debussy’s etudes are a sort of distillation of the composer’s musical and technical legacy.
They are divided into two books: the first is devoted to exploring the problems and possibilities inherent in different intervals (thirds, sixths, etc.), while Book II engages more in various elements of musical syntax and style, such as ornaments, repeated notes, arpeggios etc. The second book includes some of the most technically challenging of Debussy’s piano pieces.


Sheet Music Downloads:

TitleASTKey Published Type Level
Pour les degrés chromatiques No. 7n/a 1915 Study 8+
Pour les agréments No. 8n/a 1915 Study 8+
Pour les notes répétées No. 9n/a 1915 Study 8+
Pour les sonorités composés No. 10n/a 1915 Study 8+
Pour les arpèges composés No. 11n/a 1915 Study 8+
Pour les accords No. 12n/a 1915 Study 8+



Posts in the piano forum about Twelve Etudes (Book II) by Debussy:

xx Philippe Entremont Debussy Etudes
February 25, 2008, 05:55:27 AM by i heart xenakis

To my knowledge he has done the complete Debussy cycle, but does anyone actually have and/or know of a recording of Entremont doing the Etudes?

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