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L'Isle Joyeuse
Piano Solo Sheet Music Book
By Claude Debussy

Piano solo (Piano solo) - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Piano Solo. Composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Edited by Ernst-Gü and nter Heinemann. Sheet Music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. Rec. LRSM since 2005: LRSM -- ABRSM 2018 remarks: recommended. Classical. Softcover. 20 pages. G. Henle #HN386. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480386).

Item Number: HL.51480386

ISBN 9790201803869. 9.25x12.25x0.059 inches.

Debussy had originally planned the work with the Suite bergamasque (HN 381) in mind, but then published it separately in October 1904, with good reason. He was so taken with the brilliance and inventiveness of the work, that he commented on it in diverse letters to his publisher Durand. In October 1904 he wrote: “How difficult it is to play. This piece seems to me to combine every way of attacking the instrument because it unites force and grace.” Following its première with the famous Catalonian virtuoso Ricardo Viñes, it quickly became a success with the public.

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About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.

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  • April 13, 2018 Not worth it

    I bought this edition largely to have a separate copy of this wonderful piece. I also thought it may have some things that were different from the less expensive copy already available in the Dover edition. It turned out to be the same. However, there are copious notes involving sources...

    , autographs, etc. that were very interesting. None of the different sources are used in the edition, however. In some cases the autograph seems to have some noteworthy differences, but for some reason the editor chose not to change the usual text.

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