La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair) is considered to be one of Debussy’s greatest and most recorded pieces.
La fille aux cheveux de lin is Debussy’s two-page delicate musical work that may rival the Clair de lune from the Suite Bergamasque. The unaccompanied melody at the opening shines softly, followed by the mild middle of the piece that takes one away to the Chinese regions. The climax (after the build-up of rising pentatonic scales) is perhaps the piece’s most memorable moment. The parallel fourths of the final pianissimo moments are turned upside-down, rising up into the warm sun.
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair is featured in the movie Ladies in lavender, just as the TV episode of Doctor Who: The Robots of Death: Part 1 (1977).