Six épigraphes antiques

Six épigraphes antiques, L. 131, CD. 139, is a suite of six pieces by Claude Debussy, originally written for piano duo. Completed in July 1914, the suite was Debussy's only completed composition that year. In 1915 Debussy transcribed them for piano solo.[1] Much of the music (over 100 measures) is taken from the musical accompaniments he had written in 1901 for his friend Pierre Louÿs's erotic lesbian poems Les Chansons de Bilitis.[2][3] In 1939 the Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet created an orchestration of the suite.


  1. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'été ("To invoke Pan, god of the summer wind")
  2. Pour un tombeau sans nom ("For a nameless tomb")
  3. Pour que la nuit soit propice ("In order that the night be propitious")
  4. Pour la danseuse aux crotales ("For the dancer with crotales")
  5. Pour l'égyptienne ("For the Egyptian woman")
  6. Pour remercier la pluie au matin ("To thank the morning rain")

See alsoEdit

  • Astilla, Christopher. "Between the Staves" – Adaptations of Debussy's "Six Epigraphes Antiques" and Creative Tasks of the Performer. ProQuest. ISBN 9780549458920.
  • List of compositions by Claude Debussy


  1. ^ Debussy, Claude (1915). "Six épigraphes antiques" (sheet music). A. Durand & Fils. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Wheeldon, Marianne. Debussy's Late Style. Indiana University Press. p. 4. ISBN 0253352398.
  3. ^ Snyder, Harvey Lee. Afternoon of a Faun: How Debussy Created a New Music for the Modern World. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 188. ISBN 9781574674828.

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