Claude Debussy: The Little Shepherd

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This ‘soft and delicate’ song is structured in three lines, each followed by a commentary.

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Claude Debussy: The Little Shepherd

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Note how Debussy has indicated a breath mark at the end of the first line. The piano can’t breathe, but the pianist should! That opening line draws its notes from the Dorian mode (originating in Gregorian chant) which is neither major nor minor. The sinuous shape of the melody is an arabesque, in which ornament is as important as the melodic skeleton.

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