The Little Shepherd arr. oboe and piano

The Little Shepherd from Debussy's Children's Corner Suite is one of the composer's easier pieces although it does offer similar challenges to those encountered in his more complex works. His music whilst often sounding simple is always challenging from a performance point of view and there are many aspects of performance to consider when playing his music - namely attention to rhythmic detail, tempo, dynamic range, use of pedals, interpretation of ornaments, amongst others. This arrangement for oboe with piano accompaniment is of the fifth movement of the piano suite published in 1908. The suite dedicated to the composer's daughter Chou-Chou has score detail in French and an English title which was possibly chosen to reflect that an English governess was employed to look after his child. The realisation which communicates the musical content satisfactorily does lack fluidity in repect to tempo. Debussy's sound world is individual and while he was not someone who followed musical convention, he, more than any other composer at the end of the 19th century pushed open the door to absorb new musical influences. I would recommend listening to several performances of the work to gain an understanding of how best to approach a performance.

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