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Claude Debussy

Born: 1862. Died: 1918. Lived in: France

Claude Debussy was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Born to a family of modest means and little cultural involvement, Debussy showed enough musical talent to be admitted at the age of ten to France's leading music college, the Conservatoire de Paris. He originally studied the piano, but found his vocation in innovative composition, despite the disapproval of the Conservatoire's conservative professors. He took many years to develop his mature style, and was nearly 40 when he achieved international fame in 1902 with the only opera he completed, Pelleas et Melisande.

With early influences including Russian and Far Eastern music, Debussy developed his own style of harmony and orchestral colouring, derided - and unsuccessfully resisted - by much of the musical establishment of the day. His works have strongly influenced a wide range of composers including Bela Bartok, Olivier Messiaen, George Benjamin, and the jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans. Debussy died from cancer at his home in Paris at the age of 55 after a composing career of a little more than 30 years.

Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Claude Debussy : Songs of Claude Debussy : Solo : Songbook : 073999601640 : 0793529875 : 00660164

Claude Debussy : Songs of Claude Debussy

A major new critical edition of important standard repertory with 61 songs in 2 volumes. All songs are presented only in the original key, with no transpositions. All the song cycles and groupings appear in one of the two volumes. Years in preparation, this edition is based on the most reliable sources available in the world, with most of the research centered at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. Each song is presented with a line-by-line translation and full critical notes citing the research as it applies to specifics in the songs. Also includes a glossary of French terms.

Songlist: Zephyr, Aimous-nous et dormons, Jane, Pierrot, Rondeau, Fête galante, Pantomime, En sourdine, Fantoches, Apparition, Récit et Air de Lia from L'enfant prodigue, L'ombre des arbres, Chevaux de bois, Green, Spleen, Le balcon, Harmonie du soir, Le jet d'eau, Recueillement, La Mort des amants, La belle au bois dormant, Voici que le printemps, Paysage sentimental, Mandoline, Clair de Lune, Beau Soir (Debussy), C'est l'extase langoureuse, Il pleure dans mon coeur, Nuit D'étoiles (Debussy), Fleur des blés

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Voicing: Solo | 2605b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Claude Debussy : Songs of Claude Debussy - Volume II : Solo : Songbook : 073999602838 : 079352962X : 00660283

Claude Debussy : Songs of Claude Debussy - Volume II

A major new critical edition of important standard repertory with 61 songs in 2 volumes. All songs are presented only in the original key, with no transpositions. All the song cycles and groupings appear in one of the two volumes. Years in preparation, this edition is based on the most reliable sources available in the world, with most of the research centered at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. Each song is presented with a line-by-line translation and full critical notes citing the research as it applies to specifics in the songs. Also includes a glossary of French terms.

Songlist: En sourdine, Fantoches, Romance: L'âme Evaporee, Les cloches, Les angelus, La mer est plus belle, Le son du cor, L'échelonnement des haies, De rêve, De greve, De fleurs, De soir, La flûte de Pan, Le tombeau des Naoades, Dans le jardin, Les ingenus, Le faune, Colloque sentimental, Rondel: Le temps a laissie, La grotte, Rondel: Pour ce que Plaisance, Crois mon conseil, chere Climène, Je tremble en voyant ton visage, Ballade de Villon à s'amye, Ballade que Villon feit à la requeste de sa mère, Ballade des femmes de Paris, Soupir, Placet futile, ...ventail, Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 2606b | Songbook | $22.95 | Voice and Piano


Claude Debussy :  : Songbook : 029156097535  : 00-K06252

Claude Debussy : Pélleas and Mélisande - A Lyric Opera in Five Acts

The comb binding creates a lay-flat book that is perfect for study and performance.

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10453b | Songbook | $39.95


Claude Debussy : La Damoiselle Elue (The Blessed Damosel) : SSAA : Songbook : 029156197440  : 00-K06886

Claude Debussy : La Damoiselle Elue (The Blessed Damosel)

A Soprano solo with SSAA chorus and Orchestra with French text, by Claude Debussy.

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Voicing: SSAA | 10468b | Songbook | $8.95


Claude Debussy : Songs, 1880-1904 : Solo : Songbook : 9780486241319 : 06-241319

Claude Debussy : Songs, 1880-1904

A rich selection of 36 songs set to texts by Verlaine, Baudelaire, Pierre Louÿs, Charles d'Orléans and others. 175 pgs.

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Voicing: Solo | 10476b | Songbook | $16.95


Claude Debussy :  : Solo : Songbook : 9780486248257 : 06-248259

Claude Debussy : Pelléas et Mélisande

Debussy's landmark in the history of the form in a complete, full-size edition. Reproduced from the E. Fremont, Paris, 1904 edition. 416 pgs.

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Voicing: Solo | 10478b | Songbook | $29.95


Individual Folios

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Beau Soir : SSA : Linda Spevacek : Songbook : 08756903 : 073999569032

Linda Spevacek : Beau Soir

(Debussy/Spevacek) SSA

Arranger: Linda Spevacek

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08756903 | Voicetrax CD Available


Golliwogg's Cake Walk : SATB : Kirby Shaw : Sheet Music : 08752682 : 884088547943

Kirby Shaw : Golliwogg's Cake Walk

You've heard the a cappella version of this Debussy piano piece (famously recorded by the renowned Swingle Singers) on Glee. Here is a more accessible setting that will be lots of fun to rehearse and perform, and impressive in performance!

Arranger: Kirby Shaw

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08752682


My Soul, Be Still : SATB : Robert Sterling : Sheet Music : 00-9161230 : 080689161230

Robert Sterling : My Soul, Be Still

The strains of Debussy's "Claire de Lune" provide a perfect setting for this anthem, arranged by Robert Sterling, which focuses on the comfort found in knowing the "Savior, ever true, with assurance ever new." The piece begins softly and builds gradually to a joyful cadence at mid-point, and then returns to words of comforting assurance as it draws to a close.

Arranger: Robert Sterling

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-9161230


Night Reverie : SSA : Ruth Elaine Schram : Sheet Music : CM9241

Ruth Elaine Schram : Night Reverie

Ruth Elaine Schram artfully weaves Debussy's Reverie with All Through the Night in a soothing SSA setting. Your treble choir will grow musically while learning this dreamy selection. Junior high and above. Duration: 3:59

Arranger: Ruth Elaine Schram

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| CM9241


Nuit d'etoiles : SSA : Alan Raines : Sheet Music : WW1382 : 884088140779

Alan Raines : Nuit d'etoiles

This lush, lovely setting of Debussy's solo art song arranged for SSA choir contrasts unison passages with fully developed harmonic sections, all supported by a marvelous piano accompaniment for a full expression of the quintessential French sound. Not difficult, this is perfectly suited for women's choirs from high school on up. In French. Divine!

Arranger: Alan Raines | Country: France

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WW1382


Nuit d'etoiles : SATB : Jonathan Wikeley : Sheet Music : 00248698 : 888680747398

Jonathan Wikeley : Nuit d'etoiles

This title is taken from the compilation French Songs and Choruses for Mixed-Voice Choir. Debussy's Nuit d'étoiles arranged for SATB. One of Debussy's first published works, Nuit d'étoiles features many of the characteristics that can be found in later Debussy compositions but is more traditional in its melodic construction and structure.

Arranger: Jonathan Wikeley

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00248698


Ripple Effect : SSAA : Stephen Hatfield : Sheet Music : 48020992 : 884088549558

Stephen Hatfield : Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect was written in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Canadian group, Amabile Youth Singers. The text's theme of ripples set through water and air is reinforced by musical allusions to the chord progression of Donovan's water song Atlantis and the broken harmonic thirds of Debussy's air Clair de Lune. Duration: 5:00.

Arranger: Stephen Hatfield

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48020992


Silent Noel : SATB : Ruth Elaine Schram : Sheet Music : 00156621 : 888680607265

Ruth Elaine Schram : Silent Noel

Uses: Christmas Eve Scripture: Luke 1:35; John 1:9; John 1:14 Tastefully grafted together, two classics dance in this innovative concept. Like a warm blanket for the heart, the beloved Silent Night floats above the piano masterwork Clair de Lune with a delicate elegance. Not difficult to learn, this arrangement is an exquisite choice for Christmas Eve. Score and Parts (fl, ob, tpt, hn, perc, hp, vn 1-2, va, vc, db) available as a digital download.

Arranger: Ruth Elaine Schram

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00156621


Stars and Shadows (Beau Soir) : SATB divisi : Norman Luboff : Sheet Music : W3031

Norman Luboff : Stars and Shadows (Beau Soir)

Arranger: Norman Luboff

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $1.15 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| W3031

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