Girl with the Flaxen Hair, The (Brand)

From Wind Repertory Project
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (trans. Brand)

General Info

Year: 1910 / 1986
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score and Parts - $55.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


Full Score
Flute I-II (I doubles piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

"La fille aux cheveux de lin" is the original French title for this piano prelude, written in 1910 and published as one of a set of 12.

It is one of the composer's most famous works and Michael Brand's excellent transcription is firmly established in the repertoire.

- Program Note from publisher

One of the most frequently excerpted preludes, La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair) is a return to the simple harmonies found in earlier works of Debussy. The work comes from the first of two books of piano preludes. Inspired by the poem of the same title by Leconte de Lisle from the collection Poèmes Antiques: Chansons Ecossaises, it is calm and lyrical, a stark contrast to mighty winds of the previous prelude in the set. The image is that of a young girl simply and softly singing of her daydreams, the opening motif reminiscent of the famous spinning wheel of the Gretchen tradition of the romantic period, recalling Schubert’s similar characterization of the young girl. The harmony presents an interesting combination of Impressionist techniques: the melody is pentatonic, however it is harmonized with diatonic chords. This very cleverly masks the oriental flavor of the pentatonic scale, and when combined with modal cadences, gives the prelude a folk-song like presence.

- Program Note from Michigan State University Wind Symphony concert program, 27 October 2016


State Ratings

  • Georgia: IV
  • Louisiana: III
  • Oklahoma: III-A
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • West Virginia: III


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