Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, Short Score
Editor: Ernst-Günter Heinemann
Urtext Edition, Study score, paperbound
Pages: 35 (X, 25), Size 17,0 x 24,0 cm
Order no. HN 9989 · ISMN M-2018-9989-3
Debussy’s Rhapsody was commissioned by the wealthy amateur Elise Hall, who paid the composer a considerable sum in advance. Yet work on it was not easy; following his death all that existed was a finished orchestral sketch, a short score. Debussy’s friend Jean Roger-Ducasse undertook versions for piano and orchestra based on the sole authentic source. Ever since its first performance in Paris in 1919,
both of these versions of the work have formed part of the saxophone’s core repertoire. Our study score contains the first transcription of the autograph in printed form. It is a valuable addition to our Urtext edition for practical music making (HN 989).
Eine abschliessende Antwort zu der von Debussy unvollendet verlassenen "Baustelle Rhapsodie" erhalten zu wollen, wäre vermessen gewesen. Einige interessante, für die Interpretation bedeutsame Aspekte bringt die von Ernst-Günter Heinemann betreute Ausgabe auf jeden Fall. Pflichtlektüre!
[Schweizer Musikzeitung, 2011]