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Debussy: Prelude - La fille aux cheveux de lin Book 1 No. 8

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Claude Debussy - Preludes :
Prelude - La fille aux cheveux de lin, Book 1 No. 8
Prelude - La fille aux cheveux de lin Book 1 No. 8  by Debussy piano sheet music
Key: n/a Year: 1908
Level: 7 Period: Impressionism
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (542 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (686 kB)
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xx VIDEO: Debussy La fille aux cheveux de lin
December 04, 2010, 09:31:17 PM by gligeti

Here is another piece; constructive criticism would be welcome to help me improve...

xx Debussy - La fille aux cheveux de lin
May 02, 2010, 04:10:34 PM by quantum

Bar 14, 33-34.  Do you see any advantage of playing the top staff lower voice with the RH, as opposed to playing three lower voices with the LH?

I find if I do it produces more legato tone.  However, playing the all the lower voices in the LH seems to give them more rhythmic and harmonic unity (I see them as triads instead of diverting a whole lot more concentration to finger substitution and walking like an octopus).

xx Debussy "La fille aux chevaux de lin" VIDEO
March 17, 2008, 01:09:19 AM by sarrasani

Thank you for viewing/hearing.
Piano Bohemia, mics. Rode K2
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xx Debussy - La fille a cheveux de lin
October 03, 2007, 08:02:26 PM by Kassaa


xx Debussy, "La fille aux chaveux de lin" (Preludes, Bk 1)
September 07, 2007, 02:59:12 AM by rachfan

I've never posted this piece before, so thought I'd do so now.   Debussy was innovative and daring in using pentatonism in his melody, giving the piece almost a Nordic flavor.  It's unclear whether this is an observer's actual visual impression of the girl with the flaxen hair, or perhaps just a daydream.  Either way, it's most evocative.  This lyrical prelude is in A-B-A form with a cadential coda. 

Note: When I was transferring this to a mp3 digital file, I didn't pay close enough attention to the output volume meter, so it sounds a bit louder than the original recording.  You might want to simply turn it down a tad. 

Comments welcome. 

xx Please help with Debussy's Flaxen Hair
August 31, 2006, 04:43:10 AM by leucippus

I've decided to start learning Debussy's prelude # 8 from his book I.

I guess this is more popularly known as "La fille aux cheveux de lin"  or "The girl with flaxen hair".

I'm a raw beginner and I'm not familiar with music theory, but I want to try to analyze this piece a little bit before starting in on it.  Especially since it has 6 flats which I'm not used to.  In fact, I seldom play in keys with more than two sharps or flats.

So my first idea was to learn the scale for this key.  But what key is it?  Gb major, or Eb minor?

Which scale(s) should I practice? Gb major, Eb minor (melodic), Eb minor (harmonic)?

How do you analyze and approach a piece when you're a complete klutz at music theory like me?

I do have every intention of leaning and studying music theory this winter, but what can anyone suggest for right now, other than to forget about trying to learn this piece all together.  Grin

xx Debussy
January 31, 2006, 06:45:12 PM by betricia

La Fille aux cheveux Lin - I have probably spelt this incorrectly.  I love the music but am finding it difficult to learn and it has taken me 2 weeks to know the first 12 bars.  I work full time though and do not have long to practise. My question is, as an adult learner of 18 months, is this too ambitious for me? 
Thanks for any advice

xx question on" la fille aux cheveux de lin"
March 06, 2004, 06:52:36 AM by mark1

I was looking over the sheet music and found a chord in the 6th bar that I couldn't play...the span is too much for my hands(unless I use my nose) Smiley!How should I play this part? A recording of mine plays the lower e detached, previous to the chord. Does anyone else have this problem or am I missing something? Thanks for your help.                                              Mark Huh

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