Debussy ~ La fille aux cheveux de lin (c. 1909) ~ Lang Lang, piano

This exquisite piano miniature by the great French composer Claude Debussy, performed here by Lang Lang, is one I also played in college.

Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy

The English title — one of Debussy’s series of short preludes for piano — roughly (and clumsily) translates as “the maid with the flaxen hair“. While not technically difficult the aesthetic here requires a precision and intensity demonstrated here by one of today’s best-known and most charismatic pianists.

Personal connection: As noted above I performed this piece in a piano recital during my sophomore year in college.

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