Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

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Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (trans. John Philip Sousa)

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The title of this work translates from the French as Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. It bears the designation L. 86.

General Info

Year: 1894 /
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Unpublished
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (L. 86), known in English as Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, is a symphonic poem for orchestra by Claude Debussy, approximately 10 minutes in duration. It was composed in 1894 and first performed in Paris on 22 December 1894, conducted by Gustave Doret.

The composition was inspired by the poem L'après-midi d'un faune by Stéphane Mallarmé. It is one of Debussy's most famous works and is considered a turning point in the history of Western art music. Pierre Boulez considered the score to be the beginning of modern music, observing that "the flute of the faun brought new breath to the art of music."

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia

According to band historian Loras John Schissel, "The arrangement was made to feature Sousa Band flutist Meredith Willson who studied under Georges Barrere (who played the world premiere in 1894). Sousa left the wind parts (and harp) intact and scored the string parts for woodwinds and muted cornets/trumpets."


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