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Des pas sur la neige (from Preludes Book 1) for Flute, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon

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Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

This review first appeared in Pan, the journal of the British Flute Society and is reproduced with permission. Join the BFS: membership starts from £20 a year.

Des pas sur la neige is the sixth piece in Debussy’s first book of Préludes, written between 1909 and 1910. The colour and voicing in this transcription doesn’t always  play to the instrument’s strengths for such a delicate piano work. As an ensemble, it would be challenging to balance convincingly, particularly with the gradient of dynamics ranging from ppp to p, and there are moments where balancing would be easier if the bassoon and horn parts were swapped. Overall, this arrangement could be a challenging yet fun piece to add to a wind ensemble’s repertoire.

Katy Ovens

Difficulty guide: 7
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Bb Clarinet
  • Part 3: French Horn
  • Part 4: Bassoon
Category: Wind Quartet Music: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon
Publisher: Ut Orpheus Edizioni
Publisher's reference: HS287
Our Stock Code: 1498585
Media Type: Paperback - Score and parts (4 pages [score])

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