doctor gradus ad parnassum from children’s corner
Henle Music Folios
Clair de Lune
Pages 34 (IV+30), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
It was only in 1955 that Theopold accepted Günter Henle’s offer of contributing fingerings for an Urtext edition that was in the process of being prepared by way of trial. (HN 74, Schubert, Complete Dances for Piano, Volume 1). Following this, Theopold was commissioned to write the fingerings for nearly all of the publishing house’s new editions in quick succession. Günter Henle, himself a good pianist, greatly valued Theopold’s fingerings, and also the many suggestions regarding the musical text in question. In addition, Theopold was always very reliable, thorough and conscientious – something that is not unimportant with editorial work!
Length: score is 9 pgs.; parts are 3-4 pgs.
Tony Bremner has arranged Debussy’s Children’s Corner – I. “Gradus ad Parnassum” for four pedal harps. A popular and important addition to the harp ensemble repertoire. Scroll down for notes from the arranger.
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DOCTOR GRADUS AD PARNASSUM from ‘Children’s Corner Suite’ by CLAUDE DEBUSSY for PIANO SOLO. The Latin phrase gradus ad Parnassum means “steps to Parnassus”. Debussy composed Children’s Corner between 1906 and 1908. This piece is actually a rather ingenious study in finger independence with a Twentieth Century vocabulary. In the middle, the pianist slows down and tries his material in other keys for exercise. Debussy’s Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum is of intermediate difficulty and requires experienced fingers. The pianist gets wilder toward the end and finishes the piece with a bang. Debussy told his publisher that the movement should be played “very early in the morning”.This edition also includes a short biography of Debussy and some facts about the piece.