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Traditionally double note scales or consecutive 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths are part of piano training. But, Debussy wan't a traditionalist! Certainly he used consecutive intervals of all types. Why didn't he use all the intervals for his etudes?

Is there something more to it beside keeping with the standard training?

  • Good question. My guess is that you're right, and that Debussy was thinking of what pianists would most likely need for most of what they would play. But it's funny he didn't think of his own music. – Scott Wallace Jun 13 at 8:26

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