Claude Debussy

Unlike nearly everything else written for the Parisian salons of the 1880s, this music still has the power to gently lure you into an addictive dream world.

ID: 1160
Claude Debussy


Key: F Major
Year: 1890
Level: 8
Period: Impressionism
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Debussy Daydreaming

Debussy’s Rêverie was one of the first pieces he composed that made a, pardon the pun, big impression on the musical world. It’s a charming little meditation, that doesn't contain any of the pyrotechnics that some of his later works did; but there are some mild hints that point to Debussy’s later style in terms of harmony. The dreams the performer experiences while playing the piece get lusher and more expansive throughout the piece – although without ever arriving at a real climax (a fact that contributes to the dreamlike atmosphere) – until the quiet ending where the slumbering person doing the dreaming turns over and goes back to sleep.


Debussy didn’t regard Rêverie as an important work – in fact rather the opposite. At the time, Debussy complained in a letter to a friend that “the various lessons I rely on for my daily bread have gone off to the seaside, without a thought for my domestic economy". He composed Rêverie and had it published in the hope of getting some economic relief. When another publishing firm (Fromont) reprinted it much later, he wrote: “I regret very much your decision to publish Rêverie. I wrote it in a hurry years ago, purely for material considerations. It is a work of no consequence and I frankly consider it to be no good!”

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Debussy - Rêverie by livvie
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Video: Debussy, Rêverie - Live Concert by masterraro
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Video: Claude Debussy, Rêverie by klaviertraum
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Reverie of Debussy by faa2010
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DEBUSSY 'Reverie' by matterintospirit

Debussy's "Reverie" by simyl
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Debussy's Reverie by wzkit
Recorded on my Sauter 185 Delta. The first recording is after the first tuning, in May this year. The second recording is a few days after t...

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Claude Debussy: Rêverie in F major - piano sheet music to print instantly. This piece is level 8 and was composed during the Impressionism period.
This piece is composed by Claude Debussy and was published in 1890. Title: Rêverie, in G Minor . The difficulty level if graded by ABRSM would be approximately 8 and it belongs to the Impressionism period.