Claude Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

La fille aux cheveux de lin is a musical composition by French composer Claude Debussy. It is the eighth of the composer’s Préludes, Book I (1909-1910). The title is in French and translates roughly to “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair”. The piece is 39 bars long and lasts about two and a half minutes. It is one of the most recorded of Debussy’s pieces, both in its original version and various arrangements. It is in the key of G♭ major.

Pianist Walter Morse Rummel (1887-1953) gave the premiere of La Fille aux cheveux de lin on 26 July 1910 at the Casino, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

RIP Julian Bream

Classical guitarist and lute player Julian Bream has died at his home in Wiltshire at the age of 87.

The virtuoso musician performed globally during his heyday, and was renowned for his recordings of new compositions and masterclasses.

He won four Grammy Awards and received 20 nominations between 1960 and 85.

A self-taught musician, Bream learned playing to radio dance bands with the lute his father bought from a sailor on London’s Charing Cross Road in 1947.

As a child prodigy, his early recitals led to him being “acknowledged as one of the most remarkable artists of the post-war era”, according to the Royal Academy of Music.