Valse-Slow waltzes enjoyed a special vogue in Parisian salons of the early twentieth century leading Debussy with a twinkle in his eye to produce his piano waltz La plus que lente ( The Slower-than-Slow ). Parisian publisherDurand brought Debussy s piano waltz issued in July 1910 to a wider public by publishing it that same year as a supplement to Le Figaro as well as in arrangements (by others) for violin and piano and for piano 4-hands. Debussyhimself produced a version for orchestra and in 1913 he even at a rather faster tempo recorded it on a piano roll for the Welte-Mignon company. This work headed molto rubato con morbidezza (with much rubato morbidly) isnow available as a separate Henle Urtext. A preface extended from those in the anthology volumes HN 1194 and HN 404 will stimulate curiosity about this charming miniature waltz.
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