First Arabesque – Claude Debussy

Here is one of Debussy’s most famous works for the piano, arranged for solo guitar.

In this arrangement, guitar players can achieve as much fluidity and smoothness as the piano. The fingering allows one to let vibrate each harmony during the bars. Some specific guitar techniques such as natural and artificial harmonics, tremolo or Villa-Lobos arpeggio are also used.

The score is available in standard staff and in tablature.



9 reviews for First Arabesque – Claude Debussy

  1. Eugene Diakanalakis

    Simply beautiful and enchanting. I watch your videos absolutely mesmerized by the physical aspects of the performance because these Debussy piano pieces are extremely challenging for the guitar. Thank you and congratulations on this beautiful video.

  2. matteo PALMENTIERO (verified owner)

    beauty transcription

  3. Ocelo Mendonça

    Lindo arranjo e interpretação espetacular! Bravíssimo! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  4. Paul Matthew St. Pierre

    This performance is perfection, because it is meticulously executed, with every note crisp and fully audible, but also and principally because it makes Debussy’s “First Arabesque” sound germane to to the guitar, revealing all the complexities of the original but as if heard for the first time. Brava!

  5. Greg Czinke

    Thank you for this beautifully rendered, brilliantly interpreted work. Your style is Earth shaking!

  6. Chia-Chi Teng

    Beautifully done. Love your interpretation of Clair de Lune and First Arabesque.

  7. Ned B Johnson

    The performance is breathtaking, the interpretation is inspiring, but the arrangement is utterly spectacular! This is as good as it needs to get. Thank you.

  8. Mike

    I was moved to tears by your performance on Youtube. Arabesque has always been my favorite Debussy piece and as a ham-handed guitarist I am way over my head with attempting to learn this but am going to try.

  9. Bill Foster (verified owner)

    I thought that this piece was impossible to transcribe for guitar without doing it a massive injustice. I was wrong. You are a treasure, Roxane Elfasci!

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