Debussy: 4 Piano Preludes Bk.1 II. "Voiles", VI. Des pas sur la neige, VIII.La fille aux cheveux de lin, XII. Minstrels: arr.wind quintet
4 Piano Preludes from Bk.1: II. "Voiles", VI. Des pas sur la neige, VIII.La fille aux cheveux de lin, XII. Minstrels: arr.wind quintet.
"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. 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! VI. Des pas sur la neige (Footprints in the snow): very atmospheric wintry feel! VIII.La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the flaxen hair)One of Debussy’s most popular and well known pieces: ideal for that quiet wedding moment. XII. Minstrels: almost a ragtime feel.
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