Arabesque is a solo piano piece composed by Claude Debussy in 1894. It was dedicated to Madame Brunet-Lecomte, who gave Debussy the inspiration of at least two of his works. Debussy wrote this piece for practice purposes which involved musical exercises that are “designed with special reference to elegance and refinement of style,” according to an article written by Albert E. Wier. There are a few different versions of arabesque sheet music, but they were all composed for a large grand piano. If you don’t have access to one, any sized keyboard or even electric can work as long as it has 88 keys (5 octaves).
Parts of Arabesque Grade 2:
Arabesque Grade 2 has a total of four main parts. These are labeled as A, B, C, and D on some sheet music versions. C is not always included for this piece but 100% of the time it is used as a sort of finale at the end. The first two parts can be seen as one large part, which is why some sheets may label A & B as Part 1.
Parts of Grade 2 are often labeled on the score, even if they are all combined into two larger parts. If you are not sure how many parts there are to this piece, simply listen. You will know when it has switched into another section because there is a new set of notes being played. Here are the four parts of Grade 2, as well as some of their musical features:
A major key is used throughout A and it usually moves at a moderate pace. Keep in mind that there are very few pieces for piano Grade 2 written in a major key so this is sometimes harder to come across. Arabesque Grade 2 follows the basic piano scale in this part which is white keys only (A, B, C, D, E, F). Middle C is used very often and it can be heard in many of the parts throughout.