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Claude Debussy (1862-1918)Arranged by Jelle Hogenhuis
One year before his breakthrough as a composer with Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune, Claude Debussy published his Quator opus 10 for strings (String Quartett) in 1893. The Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune stands on the threshold to modernity; many of those elements were already there in the String Quartett.
In the third movement of the String Quartet, we see a reintroduction of long-forgotten modalities and whole tone scales. To adapt the piece for flute choir, the painful decision had to be made to transpose the piece a major third up. Thus the piece can be played by 2C flutes, alto flute, bass flute, and contrabass flute.