Debussy: Piano Preludes Bk.1: II. "Voiles" (wind quintet)

By: Claude DEBUSSY
For: Wind quintet
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"Voiles" is a composition by Claude Debussy for solo piano from 1909. It is the second piece in a set of twelve préludes published in 1910. The title of the piece may be translated to English as either veils or sails; both meanings can be connected to the musical structure. Except for some mild, localized chromaticism and a short pentatonic passage, the entire piece uses the whole tone scale.

I have taken some liberties with the arpeggios in the 2nd half of the piece and also ignored the grace notes. Now included "ossia" clarinet part with easier arpeggios!! For something different, try this piece. (Treat the tempo as 4/8 rather than 2/4 i.e. count it in 4) Well worth the challenge!

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