The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

By Claude Debussy

From Debussy's book 1, which includes twelve piano preludes, Arthur Hartmann brings us his adaptation of the eighth prelude, 'La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin' for violin and piano accompaniment. Debussy borrowed the title from a French poem by Leconte de Lisle Charles-Marie-Rene in 1882: Translation for Leconte's poem. When played on piano the piece is in G (G flat) major. Naturally, G major is a far more fitting and playable key signature on the violin - especially given the double-stops involved. Another arranger, Leon Roques, also created a violin-piano version in G major. It mostly excludes double-stops but includes a beautiful chord in the final few measures; it is easier to play and recommended for younger students. Another difference between the two editions is that Hartmann immediately brings the violin into play while Roques has a small piano introduction.

Debussy The Girl with the Flaxen Hair for Clarinet

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