This is probably the first arrangement of the whole Suite Bergamasque created for trombone in the original key. Furthermore, playing it feels like it has been originally written for trombone. Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque is one of the most popular and most performed piano pieces.
There are four movements, each in a different character –
- Prelude – with fast legato passages in tempo rubato
- Menuet – with groovy rhythms and many light, almost arabesque-like ornamental motives
- Clair de Lune – no need to comment on that
- Passepied – fast and agile dance based on arpeggio figures in the left hand of the piano part
I recommend that you first listen to several piano recordings of this piece to get an idea of the right phrasing and articulation.
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
First start practicing using audio track with click to get used to the tempo changes, and to get the musical idea. Then continue with the plain piano tracks.
Listen to the Pocket Pianist samples –
- Clair de Lune