Piano Street Sheet Music
Welcome Guest!
Please login
or sign-up.


Debussy: Mouvement No. 3 in C Major

Piano Sheet Music to Download and Print or to View in Mobile Devices

Claude Debussy - Images Book I :
Mouvement, No. 3
Mouvement  No. 3  in C Major by Debussy piano sheet music
Key: C Major Year: 1905
Level: 8+ Period: Impressionism
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (1742 kB)

Members who like this piece have also downloaded:

Posts in the piano forum about this piece by :

xx Movement in "Mouvement"
August 01, 2010, 08:16:51 PM by gardenvarietycynic

Specifically, the first page or so of Debussy's incessantly kinetic third image of book one, Mouvement. My question isn't really one of raw technique, but one of hand placement. At measure 5 the fifths (C -G) are placed in the left hand while the right hand begins that iconic semi-mechanical whir in triplets. The tricky bit, noticed even by those who merely admired the score, is that the hands are basically placed atop one another in an awkward sort of mating dance or other.

Awkward indeed.

Most pianists I have observed opt for the left hand to be placed over the right, fingers 2 and 5 poke away at the repetitive fifths, the wrist bent slightly upward to make room for the right hand triplets. And this is all good and well until measure 9, in which the roles are switched and now the left hand now has an arpeggiated figure spanning, at its largest, an 11th.

Most pianists here would drop the wrist of the right hand, hanging the thumb down below the keyboard, playing the fifths between fingers 2-4, and 2-5.

I, being absolutely insane apparently, prefer the opposite approach, placing the right over the left hand throughout. By dropping the wrist of the left hand in the repeated fifths (5-2) the right hand triplets have ample room to run. Come measure 9, the left hand is already in a very comfortable position for the gliding arpeggios and in the right hand, the fingering 1-4 and 2-5 can be used for the fifths (which in my opinion, serves the phrase better and more distinctly).

So that was a bit lengthy, and I apologize. I'm not really sure if my method can really be considered "wrong", Debussy himself being quoted saying, "One is never served better than by one's self," which taken out of context, may erroneously seem to warrant self-indulgence at the expensive of musicality, but I don't think that's the case here. Quite the opposite, in fact. Even so, my method puts me in a firm minority. Whhhhyyy?  Undecided

Top Pieces
Debussy - Clair de Lune
Beethoven - Für Elise
Beethoven - Piano Sonata, opus 27 no 2 (Moonlight)
Chopin - Nocturne opus 9 no 2
Bach - Goldberg Variations
Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu
Mozart - Piano Sonata in A Major (Alla Turca)
Bach - Invention 1 (authograph manuscript)
Chopin - Raindrop Prelude
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in C# Minor
Chopin - 12 Etudes opus 10
Mozart - Variations in C Major (Twinkle, Twinkle)
Liszt - Piano Sonata in B Minor

What customers say about pianostreet.com:

"All of my students are members of Pianostreet and many of my teacher colleagues have joined as well.
It is an excellent resource for students and teachers alike and there is very rarely any need to visit another website or music store in search of sheet music."

Andrea Boltresz, piano teacher
Robertson, Australia

Read full letter >>

"As a frequent user of pianostreet.com I find it easy to navigate, great value for money and very professional. The pieces are all well-graded and the audio is really useful, especially for pieces not heard before. I have recommended the site to many of my friends who play the piano. Keep up the good work."

Paul, Llansannan, UK.
Read full letter >>

"Wonderful service! [...] I have no reservation in recommending it as a “must” to all pianists, both teachers and students, amateur and professional."
Read full review >>

Dr. Robert J Keane, pianist

"I was in Poland the past summer to give 2 concerts. At the last minute they requested some Chopin, which I had not brought with me. So, I google-searched for classical downloads and found your site. I was able to print out excellent editions of the pieces I needed within minutes. To find the scores locally would have been inpossible as it was a smaller town, the nearest music store 45 minutes away."

Robert York, pianist
Long Beach, California

Read full letter >>

"Piano Street has been a wonderful tool to me as both a pianist and a piano teacher. I can browse the collection for pieces I want to play and/or have my students play. The difficulty rating system that Piano Street uses enables me to search by difficulty level for pieces at my students' various playing levels. It is helpful that many of the scores include an audio clip of the piece being played. I have recommended to my advanced students that they also join Piano Street since getting sheet music from there is a much less expensive alternative to ordering and paying for the music.

Steve D. Allen, Ph.D.
Owner/Piano Teacher, Allen Music Studio
Houston, Texas
Read full letter >>

Read more customer reviews >>

Privacy Policy | FAQ | Contact