Sarabande(tr. Erickson)

From Wind Repertory Project
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (trans. Frank Erickson)

Subtitle: From Pour le Piano

General Info

Year: 1894 / 1967
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $6.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Claude Debussy’s Sarabande was composed in 1894 and was originally meant to be included as part of a set of three movements for piano called Images. Debussy decided instead to include it as the second movement in the solo piano suite Pour le Piano and it received its premiere in 1902.

A sarabande is a traditional dance form in triple meter, and its origins appear to be in Central America as a dance called the zarabanda. This dance eventually gained popularity in Spain and was even banned for some time. By the 17th century the dance evolved into a slower form in France and became a traditional movement of the suite during the baroque period.

Debussy’s Sarabande was famously orchestrated by Maurice Ravel in 1922.

- Program Note from score for Troy Bennefield transcription


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith conductor) – 5 May 2019

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  • Debussy, C.; Erickson, F. (1967). Sarabande : from "Pour le piano" [score]. G. Schirmer: New York.