“The Pavane pour une infante défunte is widely regarded as a masterpiece and several arrangements have been made by guitarists, most commonly, however, in tonalities that naturally facilitate guitar-playing rather than in the original key. Why attempt yet another arrangement?
Because as far as I know, only Roland Dyens has managed to preserve the magnificent colour of G-major in his arrangement, and so there were still possibilities to explore.
The choice of notes is quite rarely the key factor with this sort of work, with most people resorting to the solutions that are most immediately obvious. The flavour of such an arrangement lies rather in one’s choice of colours (harmonics are especially sweet when heard in Debussy or Ravel), octave transpositions, chord inversions and fingerings.
Rémi Jousselme was the first to see a draft of this arrangement, and his enthusiastic wish to play the piece has motivated me to finish this labour, which is dedicated to him, and to which he contributed significantly by way of his fingerings.”
Pavane pour une infante défunte