Lot 7
  • 7

Debussy, Claude

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  • Debussy, Claude
  • Autograph manuscript of exercises in counterpoint
  • paper
comprising studies in species counterpoint, over 70 exercises in all, written in brown ink and pencil on up to ten staves per page, with pencil annotation ("Devoirs, harmonie & contrepoint") in an unidentified hand in the right-hand margin of the first page, with some corrections in pencil and ink

21 pages, plus 3 blanks, folio (c.35.5 x 27cm), 12-stave Lard-Esnault paper, no place or date [Paris, c.1876-1880]

Catalogue Note

These exercises date from Debussy's student days at the Paris Conservatoire, and contain studies in two and three parts, as well as less complicated studies in four parts. It is instructive to observe here the future composer of the piano piece 'Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum', from the Children's Corner suite (published in 1908), working his way through the type of counterpoint exercises well-known to every harmony student from the time of Fux's treatise Gradus ad Parnassum, 1725, onwards.