Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin
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It’s extraordinary to think now that one of the most popular works in the piano literature was written down over two days, 15-16 January 1910. However, extant sketches reveal that Debussy’s initial inspiration dates from three years earlier, when the prélude began life with a more exotic harmonization in B flat major and without its famous solo opening on the black keys. In the same year he observed to a friend that the English ‘have a merely “official” taste for music, the exigencies of which have, so far, been quite sufficiently met by Handel and Sullivan.