First Arabesque (Deux Arabesques, 1888)

(Here are my thoughts about playing this piece. Please add your thoughts in the comments at the bottom.)

The First Arabesque is one of the first Debussy pieces I learned to play. It has a very light melody and brings a smile to anyone who listens to it. The first of Debussy’s published piano works, the Deux Arabesques are light pieces that probably date from a much earlier time: By 1888 Debussy had already published several works for piano and voice which have much greater sophistication than the Arabesques.

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