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PRB Piano Series: La fille aux cheveux de lin

Composer
Debussy
Year of composition
1910
Publisher
Difficulty
Difficult (Grades 7+)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Solo instrument
Instrumental parts
Not available
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This is from the first book of Debussy Preludes, and is not too demanding a piece with which to get acquainted with the composer’s emerging Impressionist style. It has been set at Grade 8, and also is available on the list for the Advanced Certificate of Trinity Guildhall.

A favourite schoolboy howler - perhaps from a time when schoolboys could make howlers of sufficient sophistication - was to translate Debussy’s title La fille aux cheveux de lin as The Girl with the Horse’s Loins, by confusing cheveux (hair) with chevaux (horses)!

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