Arabesque (classical music)

The arabesque is a type of music which uses melodies to create the atmosphere of Arabic architecture.[1]


The word "arabesque" is derived from Western ideas of Arabic music, which were highly embellished.

Notable arabesquesEdit

The opening bars of Jean Sibelius's Arabesque (Op.76, No.9).

The most well-known are Claude Debussy's Deux Arabesques, composed in 1888 and 1891, respectively.

Other composers who have written arabesques include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Çimen, Gül and Nevhiz Ercan. Piyano Albümü. Arkadaş Yayınevi, 2002, p. 27.
  2. ^ Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music
  3. ^ International Music Score Library Project