Four Epigraphes Antiques
Composed by Claude Debussy
Arranged for Flute Quintet by Gudrun Hinze
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts
Flute 2 (and Piccolo)
I. Pour Invoquer Pan, Dier du vent d'ete
II. Pour un tombeau sans nom
III. Pour que la nuit soit propice
IV. Pour remercier la pluie au matin
Arranger's Notes by Gudrun Hinze:
The “Chansons de Bilitis” by Claude Debussy are a precious composition for 2 flutes, 2 harps, celesta and voice, reciting old Greek poetry of the courtesan Bilitis. Debussy later adapted 6 movements out of this composition for piano, known as the “Six Epigraphes Antiques” – he uses antique harmonies without major or minor character, often only 5-tone motives.
The atmosphere of these pieces is silent and tender, with an oriental touch. The delicate and sensual mood of this music inspired me to transcribe four of these “poems” for flute ensemble.
Part of the Quintessenz Collection.