Claude Debussy
Pieces for piano four hands or two pianos

About Claude Debussy's Pieces for piano four hands or two pianos

Debussy’s pieces for four hands or two pianos were written throughout his career, from the Prélude, Cortège et Air de Danse, a piano transcription of parts of his cantata L'enfant prodigue (which had earned him the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1884), to En blanc et noir, an often stark and gloomy composition from 1915, marked perhaps by the Great War and Debussy’s failing health.

These compositions feature the hallmarks of Debussy’s inventiveness and penchant for exploring new possibilities and sounds – even the early Petite Suite, 'which humbly seeks nothing but to give pleasure' shows signs of what was to come. By the time of the Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un Faune, a transcription of Debussy’s epoch-ending orchestral work of the same name, Debussy’s revolutionary new ideas were in full bloom.