Debussy, Claude (1862 – 1918)

Claude Debussy along with Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed.

Debussy was experimental from the outset, favouring dissonances and intervals that were not taught at the Academy. Like Georges Bizet, he was a brilliant pianist and an outstanding sight reader, who could have had a professional career had he so wished.

From the 1890s Debussy began to develop his own musical language, which was largely independent of Wagner’s style, coloured in part from the dreamy, sometimes morbid romanticism of the Symbolist movement. He became a frequent participant at Stéphane Mallarmé’s Symbolist gatherings, where Wagnerism dominated the discussion. However, in contrast to the enormous works of Wagner and other late romantic composers around this time, he chose to write in smaller, more accessible forms.

Debussy’s music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of nontraditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant.


Arabesques

Deux arabesques were composed for piano when Debussy was still in his twenties, between the years 1888 and 1891. Although quite an early work, the arabesques contain hints of Debussy’s developing musical style. The suite is one of the very early impressionistic pieces of music, following the French visual art form. Debussy seems to wander through modes and keys, and achieves evocative scenes through music.

Second Arabesque
BB BE 100801 – $38.00
3′ 30″ – difficult

arranged by Michael Allen for Piccolo Trumpet 1 in B flat, 2 Trumpets in B flat, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Berceuse Heroique
BB BE 100402 – $38.00
5′ 00″ – medium

Moved by the sacrifices of his countrymen after the beginning of World War I in 1914, Debussy composed his Berceuse Heroique for solo piano with quotes of the Belgian National Anthem. It was dedicated to “His Majesty King Albert I of Belgium and his soldiers.” This was his only composition in the 12 months following the start of the war.

Arranged by Michael Allen for 2 B flat Trumpets, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (timpani is not optional)


Suite Bergamasque

Clair de Lune
BB BE 050302 – $42.00
5′ 30″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

Prelude
BB BE 091201 – $38.00
4′ 20″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Children’s Corner

Golliwog’s Cakewalk
BB BE 930104 – $38.00
3′ 00″ – advanced

Debussy was greatly influenced by American ragtime – this cakewalk is interrupted several times with quotes from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde

arranged by Michael Allen for  B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

Jimbo’s Lullaby
BB BE 930102 – $38.00
3′ 30″ – medium

A musical portrait of his daughter’s stuffed elephant

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

Little Shepherd
BB BE 930105 – $32.00
2′ 30″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

Serenade of the Doll
BB BE 930101 – $38.00
2′ 35″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)

Suite from the Children’s Corner
BB BE 920302 – $90.00
12′ 00″ – advanced

This suite contains the four selections below (Serenade of the Doll, The Little Shepherd, Jimbo’s Lullaby and Golliwog’s Cakewalk)

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percusion (optional)


Preludes – Books 1 & 2 (1910 – 1913)

Hills of Anacapri – Prelude 5 from Book 1
BB BE 040302 – $38.00
3′ 20″ – professional

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Footprints in the Snow – Prelude 6 from Book 1
BB BE 040301 – $38.00
3′ 00″ – medium

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Girl with the Flaxen Hair – Prelude 8 from Book 1
BB BE 920304 – $38.00
2′ 45″ – advanced

Perhaps Debussy’s most famous prelude – inspired by an ancient Scottish poem

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Minstrels – Prelude 12 from Book 1
BB BE 920306 – $38.00
2′ 40″ – advanced

Another tongue and cheek nod at the vaudeville stage.

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


La Puerta del vino – Prelude 3 from Book 2
BB BE 040303 – $38.00
3′ 10″ – advanced

La puerta del vino is written about the one of the gates of the city of Granada. The music was inspired by a postcard Debussy received from Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Debussy uses the habanera rhythm and the score calls for the music to be played “with brusque opposition of extreme violence and passionate sweetness.”

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


General Lavine, Eccentric – Prelude 6 from Book 2
BB BE 920303 – $38.00
2′ 45″ – medium

Debussy’s comic look at the famous vaudeville clown – a tuba feature (go figure)

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba


Homage to S. Pickwick, Esq. – Prelude 9 from Book 2
BB BE 920305 – $32.00
2′ 20″ – advanced

A tongue and cheek homage to the Dicken’s character

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Pour invoquer Pan – To Invoke Pan, God of the Summer Wind from Six Antique Epigraphs (1914)
BB BE 040207 – $38.00

2′ 20″ – advanced

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)


Sarabande from Pour le Piano
BB BE 081006 – $38.00
4′ 10″ – medium

arranged by Michael Allen for B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (optional)