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Debussy: Arabesque No. 1 in E Major

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Claude Debussy - Two Arabesques :
Arabesque, No. 1
Arabesque  No. 1  in E Major by Debussy piano sheet music
Key: E Major Year: 1888
Level: 7 Period: Impressionism
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (99 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext with fingering (106 kB)
piano music mp3 recording Arabesque No. 1 - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)

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xx Arabesque 1 - feedback please :)
July 16, 2016, 10:47:25 PM by chopin4lyfe

Hello everybody!  Smiley

My teacher assigned me Debbusy's Arabesque 1 as for this summer. I've just recorded my progress, and I'd really like you guys to tell whether or not this is good, and what to improve  Grin
I've really enjoyed Ciccolini's interpretation of the pieces.

Thank you Smiley

xx Arabesque #1 rehearsing.
April 14, 2012, 01:01:53 AM by venik

http://youtu.be/GXABkVctydk?hd=1 Use this link if you want to listen in HD.

I just got an iphone and I was testing the mic/video on it. This was a first-try recording so be nice! Missed a couple of notes. Turned out pretty good though for an iphone, IMO, so I uploaded it. I'm loving how good the iphone actually records. Better than my video camera as far as sound is concerned. I'm going to record the song with some real equipment and without any mess-ups once I get my SP B-1s setup and a friend to record me.

I usually don't play with any rubato, but I've been experimenting.

Please feel free to give me tips, what you liked, what you didn't like, etc.

I took professional lessons for 13 years, and I've been playing for 17 total.

And thanks for listening.

xx Debussy, Arabesque No.1
March 11, 2011, 11:11:55 PM by oliversadie

I haven't logged on for few days, so I was quite surprised to see a recording of Debussy's Arabesque so near the top of the threads - a co-incidence I assure you!

I wish I had the crisp recording equipment that Becky has, it's such a clean performance cleanly recorded (nice work Becky!). I am using a modestly priced Sony stereo mic taped in position over the strings.

Anyway, to the recording below. About a year ago I spent a few weeks learning this, then left it. Returned to it tonight and the below is the best take. Plenty of note mistakes, I'm aware of them all - feel free to point them out individually if you really must, but as an enthusiastic amateur pianist with a boring day job I don't get to practise as much as I did growing up :-/ so I play more for the listening enjoyment of it than the technical perfection of it.

I love this piece, I love hearing it and I love playing it. I hope you like my (somewhat flawed) delivery and interpretation.

(Reason for edit: Switched subject to Composer, Piece)

xx Debussy Arabesque #1. I need a lil help.
July 14, 2009, 11:55:03 PM by appassionata91

I can't seem to wrap my head around the fact that the left and right hands don't match up perfectly. I've played a song before (from pride and prejudice movie) and the notes didn't line up perfectly, but slowly i got the hang of it and can play it well now.
But it's been a while since i played a song like this where they don't line up perfectly. What can I do to learn this part? Please offer some suggestions.

Thanks a ton!

xx Beginning of Debussy Arabesque #1
July 16, 2008, 06:51:56 AM by horizontal

A bit hackneyed, but what the hey.

There is a fairly major hiccup in the first two measures that I am aware of, but am too lazy to rerecord.

Only unkind words, please. They are the most useful.

xx My YouTube Piano Contest Video (Chopin 10/1 and Debussy Arabesque 1)
April 27, 2008, 11:47:22 AM by violinist

Hello friends,

My video is on the website and links to the other pianists entering this amateur competition on YouTube - Van Cliburn

It's not too late to enter, the deadline is April 30, 2008 - where's your vid?

We all get a chance to vote (details on web page).

xx Debussy Arabesque No. 1 [Video]
May 15, 2007, 08:19:56 PM by tradge

Hi there, I'm new to this site, and I thought I'd post a couple of my Piano videos from YouTube. I'm really sorry about the quality of the vids, but I couldn't get anything better than my mobile phone to record on. I will try and get better recordings though =)


Any feedback/Comments/constructive criticism is openly welcomed =)


xx Need help with 2 against 3
November 23, 2006, 08:38:37 PM by ccnokes

I'm learning Debussy's Arabesque 1 and am having a hard time with the triplet phrases in the right hand over the eights in the left hand.  I can't make them even.  I've tried practicing them really slow but that doesn't help.

Please help - if I can't even practice them effectively I'm not sure if I can even do it. Any suggestions, techniques?

xx Claude Debussy arabesques in E major.
September 30, 2006, 06:08:23 PM by zheer

   Sheesh, i recorded this over a year ago, about the same time that i started playing the piano again, it's not to bad so comments are welcome.

xx Debussy Arabesque no 1
July 10, 2006, 12:24:57 PM by ricpiano

        I am going to do grade 8 exam in the autumn, and would appreciate comments on this. NB In particular, is the pedaling ok - given that this piece should be transparent I am not sure if I am using too much. Comments on other aspects welcomed also of course.

January 16, 2006, 02:23:29 AM by hunterj

I have been working on the piece Arabesque by Debussy.

I have only got the first page done, but I would like some feedback on how it sounds so far.

I know I slipped up a bit near the end.

Keep In mind, I am recording with a cheap mic, and a horrid upright piano.



xx Pedaling on Debussys's Arabesque 1
January 04, 2006, 09:31:45 PM by hunterj

I just recently started trying to learn the song arabesque by Debussy. 

I noticed that there are no pedal markings whatsoever on the music.

A lot of people say that if that music says not to pedal, do not pedal, but in the recording i have I hear a lot of pedaling going on.

What do you say to this?

Should I pedal in the song or not?

xx Debussy Arabesque #1 - a few weeks later!!! (practice practice practice)
November 09, 2005, 04:12:03 AM by violinist

Okay guys and gals, bear with me.  I'm posting this again because for the most part, I was disappointed with my previous posting of this piece.  It is now about 1 month later.  All memorized.  My finger facility is improved and I'm a lot happier with this "recording."

Perhaps you can make comparisons to my previous postings of this piece.  I'm actually going to play this in a masterclass coming up.

Still no real lessons, but a lot of chatting with all you wonderful people on the piano forum/street.  That being said, okay now rip this playing apart.   I'm getting closer to committing to lessons soon.

This is the second posting of this piece played by me on my Steinway B.  And Recorded on my really hard to use PS04 Zoom walkman recorder.

xx Yamaha P-200 Electronic Piano (Debussy Arabesque #1)
September 25, 2005, 10:13:28 PM by violinist

My first piano was the Yamaha P-200 electronic piano.  Now I have a steinway (going on 4 weeks now).  It's surprising how different the touch and action.

You can hear me struggling with the P-200 on this file.

Look for my other thread with the 3AM playing on my steinway of the same piece so you can compare the tonal qualities.. 

I love piano!!!!  Just getting started.  Thanks to all for inspiration.  I have a lot to learn.  I don't have a piano teacher (yet).  But I'm learning from you.  Please write me some criticisms. 

My own criticisms of this Yamaha p-200 playing.

Some notes are brought out too loud - trouble with the action/touch - very different than the steinway.

Of course there are missed notes.

xx Debussy Arabesque #1 at 3:00 AM
September 24, 2005, 10:47:32 AM by violinist

Okay... I have a first performance on my piano (in almost 25 years) to try "today" at 2pm.  I've been practicing this thing all night.  Finally got it memorized.

Here's what I have so far, memorized.

Debussy Arabesque #1 (take one.. first time I've memorized it and recorded it.)

Jane, Thanks for posting this first... it inspired me to play it.  That's the only reason I downloaded the sheet music from the internet (sheet music archive - no fingerings).  So thank you very much Jane.  I actually never remembered hearing this piece before (ignorant violinist before).

Any comments welcome.

xx Debussy Arabesque / First piano performance....
September 24, 2005, 12:22:12 AM by violinist


I have my first piano performance coming up since I was about 9 years old.  I'm now in my third decade (yikes...!!! Huh).  I'm not really ready for this... but I'll make a swing at it.. We'll see how it goes.  I've had considerable stage experience with the violin.  Somehow it feels different sitting in front of a huge instrument.  I took piano lessons from about age 5 to 9, but not seriously, and didn't get very far.  Piano teachers hated me.  Thus I turned to violin because violin teachers loved me.

I'm going to be playing Debussy Arabesque #1 and I have it half-baked memorized.  I have trouble with the section that has chords.. it's so similar to each other these chords that I get the parts mixed up.  So much easier to memorize on the violin when there's only a few notes at a time to memorize.

Memory lapse is my biggest fear.  I've been playing this piece for about 3 weeks... off and on mostly on the weekends.   The performance is tomorrow.  Any pointers would be greatly appreciated for someone who's getting back into piano.  It really feels like it is my first piano performance in public, as I don't remember performing that much when I was younger.

I really love the piano... (and the violin too).

xx Debussy - Arabesque No.1
August 20, 2005, 12:40:10 AM by jz_rach2

this was recorded way back about 1.5 years ago when i was preparing for my gr10 exam; i'm posting it up just to see how the audition room works (i'm fairly new a member here)
Debussy is one of my favourite composers.
feel free to comment please

xx Deux Arabesque 1
March 04, 2005, 08:30:42 AM by 00range

Hi! I've been studying the piano for nearly nine months now, and I've decided to take a crack at this piece.

Basically, I'm wondering what kind of time is being used. The music is telling me it is in common, but it doesn't seem to work in it.  For instance, in the first measure, there seems to be six beats, which I'm sure can't be right.

I appreciate any help given, and apologize ahead of time for my ignorance. Smiley

xx Debussy Arabesque 1
June 20, 2002, 05:32:44 AM by marina

Comments on memorising really struck home with me.  I found it essential to become totally at home with every aspect of the E major chord for this piece.   The 2 against 3 passages I found just had to be memorised in order to "switch" the brain from right to left while playing.  And I still haven't got it exactly right....any tips on the old 2 against 3 problem?   I find it particularly hard when in the last passage the 2's are in the right hand.    As far as memorising -analysis of bars 34/5/6 and working out the quite straightforward pattern threw everything into focus.   YES -focus, focus, focus, analyse - then - just play......Marina

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