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Nuages (Clouds) from Nocturnes 444.12

Nuages (Clouds) from Nocturnes 444.12

Debussy, Claude

Arr. Allen, Michael


  • Ensemble: Brass Ensemble
  • Genre: Impressionist
  • Grade: 4
  • Duration: 6.0 minutes
  • Catalog Number: BB-BE230122

Nuages renders the immutable aspect of the sky and the slow, solemn motion of the clouds, fading away in grey tones lightly tinged with white. 

Biographer Léon Vallas recorded Debussy's comments on the genesis of this piece:

One day, in stormy weather, as Debussy was crossing a bridge in Paris with a friend, he mentioned that on a similar kind of day the idea of the symphonic work "Clouds" had occurred to him: he had visualized those very thunderclouds swept along by a stormy wind; a boat passing, with its horn sounding.

For 15-piece brass ensemble 444.12 and percussion

  • Piccolo Trumpet 1 in B♭ 
  • Trumpet 2 in E♭
  • Trumpet 3 in B♭ 
  • Flugelhorn
  • 4 Horns
  • 3 Trombones
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • 2 Tubas
  • Timpani

This arrangement is part of our Boulder Brass Signature Series.

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