Claude Debussy
Preludes Book I

About Claude Debussy's Preludes Book I

Debussy’s two books of preludes amount to a revolution in piano writing, and reflect better that any of his other works the span of Debussy’s achievement.
The first book (1910) proved to be his most successful work: it includes some of the more popular preludes, such as La fille aux Cheveux de Lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair), and La Cathédrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral), based on the legend of the sunken city of Ys, whose cathedral was allowed to rise to the surface once a day.
Both books include musical idioms from many different parts of the world (Spain, Scotland, Italy, the Orient etc.) and the evocative titles, placed as afterthoughts at the end of each piece, often allude to literary works by Shakespeare, Dickens, Baudelaire, Shelley and others.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
1. Danceuses de Delphes   in B-flat Major by Debussy piano sheet music AAB 1. Danceuses de Delphes 33 B-flat Major 1908 8
2. Voiles   by Debussy piano sheet music AAC 2. Voiles N/A 1908 8
3. Le vent dans la plaine   by Debussy piano sheet music AAD 3. Le vent dans la plaine N/A 1908 8
4. Les sons et les parfums tornent dans l'air du soir   by Debussy piano sheet music AAE 4. Les sons et les parfums tornent dans l'air du soir N/A 1908 8
5. Les collines d'Anacapri   by Debussy piano sheet music AAF 5. Les collines d'Anacapri N/A 1908 8+
6. Des pas sur la neige   by Debussy piano sheet music AAG 6. Des pas sur la neige N/A 1908 8+
7. Ce qu'a vu le Vent d'Ouest   by Debussy piano sheet music AAH 7. Ce qu'a vu le Vent d'Ouest N/A 1908 8+
8. La fille aux cheveux de lin   by Debussy piano sheet music AAI 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin N/A 1908 7
9. La sérénade interrompue   by Debussy piano sheet music AAJ 9. La sérénade interrompue N/A 1908 8+
10. La cathédrale engloutie   by Debussy piano sheet music AAK 10. La cathédrale engloutie N/A 1908 8+
11. La danse de Puck   by Debussy piano sheet music AAL 11. La danse de Puck N/A 1908 8+
12. Minstrels   by Debussy piano sheet music AAM 12. Minstrels N/A 1908 8+

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