Gollywog’s Cakewalk


Debussy, Claude


2 mins 37 secs


Flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, French horn in F and bassoon





Claude Debussy (1862 –1918), was a French composer and superb pianist. Due to the prevailing political environment of the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century, his composing style is thought to be a response to Wagner and the German musical tradition. This included moving away from the what he considered to be the obsolete symphony hence La Mer, preferring the symphonic sketch. This resulted in the works, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1894), Nocturnes (1897–1899) and Images. Whilst his tutors disapproved of the direction his music was going, his maturing style amply shown in 24 Prelude and 12 Etudes and often played in the modern repertoire, had a major influence on Bartok, Messiaen, Benjamin and the jazz composer, Bill Evans. This arrangement of one of his almost offhand works, is for traditional wind quintet and seems to work well with a raucous French Horn.

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