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La Boite a Joujoux (The Toy Box)


By Claude Debussy

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(1913-1917). Composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Edited by Reiner Zimmermann. Piano (Solo). Sheet Music. Composed 1913-1917. Duration 00:50:00. Edition Peters #EP9247. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP9247).

Item Number: PE.EP9247

Language: French/German.

Ballet for Children (libretto by Andre Helle) - piano reduction by the composer. French/German - musical indications, however, are printed solely in French)

Originally composed as a piano score in 1913, La Boite a Joujoux was staged as a ballet in 1919. Debussy was fascinated by toys, and by dolls in particular, having once written to a friend, "The soul of a doll is more mysterious than even Maeterlinck supposes; it does not readily put up with the claptrap that so many human souls tolerate." Debussy composed the piano-score of this ballet, but the war and his untimely death prevented him from completing his orchestration; this task was left to his close friend and fellow composer, Andre Caplet (born November 23rd, 1878; died April 22nd, 1925).

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