Girl with the Flaxen Hair, The (Bernotas)

From Wind Repertory Project
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (tr. Bernotas)

General Info

Year: 1909 / 2013
Duration: c. 3:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Bandworks Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Known as La fill aux cheveux de lin in French, this piece is the eighth of Claude Debussy’s well-known Preludes, Book 1 (1909- 1910) for piano. Set at 60 beats per minute and marked “calmly and expressive,” this arrangement is legato cantabile throughout and makes effective use of rubato. It begins with an unaccompanied solo scored for either clarinet or flute. This arpeggiated phrase is immediately answered by the brass choir and restated by the woodwind choir. Near the conclusion of the work, the opening idea returns, scored in the solo trumpet and leads to a quiet ending. This arrangement is an inviting and rewarding way to develop an appreciation for this significant style period and important French composer, but the musical challenges place it at the more difficult end of this grade level. It will program best where a change of pace is needed.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist, Aug. 2013, p. 41.

The Girl With the Flaxen Hair (La fille aux cheveux de lin) is the eighth of Claude Debussy’s Préludes, Book I (1909-1910), for piano. It is gentle, fluid, and full of light, flowing harmonies. This colorful adaptation of one of Debussy’s best-known works will be a worthy challenge and a musically rewarding experience for all medium- and advanced-level ensembles.

-Program Note from publisher.


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