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Preludes - Books 1 and 2

By Claude Debussy

Piano - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Edited by Roy Howat and Claude Helffer. Piano. Impressionistic. Collection. With standard notation, introductory text and performance notes (does not include words to the songs). Composed 2004. 139 pages. Editions Durand #DD15584. Published by Editions Durand (HL.50485759).

Item Number: HL.50485759

ISBN 9780634091254. 9x12 inches. Edited by Roy Howat and Claude Helffer Revised Critical Edition.

This is the ultimate source for these beloved piano preludes by Debussy, in a newly engraved and researched critical edition from Durand, the original publisher of this music. This is the paperback edition based on the hardbound Complete Works of Claude Debussy. Includes a foreword in French and English. Printed on quality, ivory-colored stock, the book has a sewn binding for life-long use.

This title has selections that range in difficulty from SMP Level 9-10.

About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.

  • Premier Livre 
  • 1 Danseuses de Delphes (Dancers of Delphi)  Lent et grave
  • 2 Voiles (Veils or sails)  Modere
  • 3 Le vent dans la plaine (The Wind on the Plain)  Anime
  • 4 "Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir" (The sounds and fragrances swirl through the evening air)  Modere
  • 5 Les collines d'Anacapri (The Hills of Anacapri)  Tres modere
  • 6 Des pas sur la neige (Footsteps in the Snow)  Triste et lent
  • 7 Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest (What the West Wind has seen)  Anime et tumultueux
  • 8 La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair)  Tres calme et doucement expressif
  • 9 La serenade interrompue (Interrupted Serenade)  Moderement anime
  • 10 La cathedrale engloutie (The Submerged Cathedral)  Profondement calme
  • 11 La danse de Puck (Puck's Dance)  Capricieux et leger
  • 12 Minstrels  Modere
  • Deuxieme Livre 
  • 1 Brouillards (Mists) 
  • 2 Feuilles mortes (Dead Leaves) 
  • 3 La Puerta del Vino (The Wine Gate) 
  • 4 "Les Fees sont d'exquises danseuses" ("Fairies are exquisite dancers") 
  • 5 Bruyeres (Heather) 
  • 6 General Lavine - eccentric 
  • 7 La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune (The Terrace of Moonlit Audiences) 
  • 8 Ondine (Undine) 
  • 9 Hommage a S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C. (Homage to S. Pickwick) 
  • 10 Canope (Canopic jar) 
  • 11 Les tierces alternees (Alternating Thirds) 
  • 12 Feux d'artifice (Fireworks) 

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 1

    Winchester VA
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  • December 17, 2017 Awful edition

    Five stars for the music, and minus 5 for the edition. Not only is it expensive, the book will not stay open no matter what you do. And by that I mean that it not only swings closed, but it then unbalances and falls off the piano - even after I...

    tried to break the binding so it would lay flat. What was the publisher thinking - that you have two people to stand there and hold the book for you while you play?

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  • 5

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
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  • February 20, 2011 excellent edition

    I have recently purchased this edition and must say am very pleased with the printing and paper quality, as well as offering some alternatives, but it lacks the useful commentary of the Henle edition.

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