Debussy’s Deux Arabesques are equally beautiful, as they are colorful and impressive.
Playing this beautiful piece is not only fun, but also greatly improves technique and agility.
- smooth and fast legato passages, richness of tone colors
- perfect for building flexibility and stamina
- fast triplets, often over natural slurs, also in a combination with the valve and alternative positions
- great for building your range, slide technique, agility and articulation
Especially the second Arabesque, I suggest starting to practice in a slow tempo, trying to get the sixteenth note triplets as smooth and light as possible.
I also recommend that you listen to some piano recordings of this work first to get the right phrasing and articulation ideas.
All the agogic changes are based on my interpretation and a common musical sense
to create an expression and musical flow. Playing along will be beneficial, especially for younger players, and will help to develop a strong musical personality.
The real fun begins when you start to play these Arabesques using the Pocket Pianist audio tracks. There are a lot of agogic changes, so I advise starting with the click audio tracks to get used to the smooth tempo changes and understand the musical idea. Then continue with the plain piano track.
By using the Pocket Pianist audio tracks for practicing, you can supplement your
piano rehearsals and get prepared better for your performance.
Listen to the Pocket Pianist samples –
- Arabesque No. 1
- Arabesque No. 2