Regarded as the father of musical impressionism, Claude Debussy entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of eleven, subsequently winning the Prix de Rome and forging a career as arguably the greatest French composer of the twentieth century. Profoundly influenced by the inventive structure and tonality of Wagner’s opera Tristan & Isolde, he developed his own distinctive compositional language, combining influences from both Eastern cultures and antiquity with masterful layering of instrumental colours and textures.
La fille aux cheveux de lin (from the first book of piano preludes) is one of Debussy’s most famous and popular works, and has been transcribed for numerous instrumental combinations. It translates roughly as “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” and was named after a poem by Leconte de Lisle.
- Trumpet in B-flat
- Trumpet in C