Claude Debussy, composer
Claude Debussy wrote two sets of preludes, twelve in each, between 1910 and
The best of them are among the finest miniatures in the piano literature.
Each prelude is relatively short in duration, free in form and has the
character of an improvisation.
A gem in the collection, The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, was likely
inspired by a work of the same title by French poet Leconte de Lisle.
Evocative and enchanting, the melody of this piece is one of Debussy’s
Although this prelude is most definitely a musical “impression,”
its clarity of texture and harmonic vocabulary are far removed from the
vagueness generally associated with “impressionism,” the
prevailing French musical style of the period.