"Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum" is the opening piece from Claude Debussy's piano suite called "Children's Corner" which was dedicated to his then 3 year old daughter Claude-Emma (or "Chou-Chou"). The unusual title for this particular piece makes fun of the graded studies promising easy mastery of the piano. Below you can play a video, play audio or see the sheet music, and downloads are available from the left-hand menu. While this page is all about the original Piano version of this work, we have two alternative version which allow other instruments to join with the piano. So check out our Easier Arrangement and our Harder Arrangement of "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum". Both arrangements are illustrated for Flute and Piano (although other instruments e.g. Oboe and Violin, can play the Flute Part) and include alternative parts for Clarinet in B-flat or for Alto Saxophone.
The final piece in the Children's Corner Suite is called Cakewalk (also available on mfiles) and uses a ragtime style.
Here is a video of Debussy's Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum for Piano:
The audio controls below allow you to play the mp3 version of Debussy's Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum for Piano or you can download the MP3 file. You can also download the midi version of Debussy's Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum for Piano.
The image below is the first page of the sheet music, and here you can download the full sheet music for Debussy's Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum for Piano in PDF format.