Our piano reduction is based on the study edition HN 9989 that is being published simultaneously, giving access to Debussy's short score in printed form for the first time. The composer afforded the saxophone few solo entries. Today, in particular in the version with piano accompaniment, it is usual to give the saxophone further melodic sections taken from the orchestra. For this reason our edition not only includes the original part but also an additional solo part by Daniel Gauthier, professor of classical saxophone at the Music Conservatory in Cologne. It is the first work for saxophone in the Henle catalogue.
- Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
The Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra by Claude Debussy (1862– 1918) was a commission. In 1901, Elise Hall, née Elizabeth Boyer Coolidge (1853–1924), asked a number of French composers (in addition to Debussy, others such as Gabriel Fauré, Vincent d’Indy, Florent Schmitt, and André Caplet) to write works for the instrument, which was still little known at this … 続き
Most important French composer around 1900, whose music, primarily characterized by its sound, exhibits profound innovations. His oeuvre bears a close relationship to Symbolism.
|1862||Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on August 22.|
|1872–84||Studies at the Conservatoire de Paris. During this time, he travels with the family of Nadezhda von Meck to Switzerland, Italy, Vienna, and Russia, where he becomes acquainted with Russian and Gypsy music.|
|1884||Wins the Prix de Rome with his cantata “L’Enfant prodigue.” Thereafter resides in Rome until 1887.|
|1887–89||Songs, “Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire.”|
|1888/89||Visit to the Bayreuth Festival; criticism of Wagner.|
|1889||Exposition universelle (World Exposition) in Paris, where he learns about East Asian music, which influences his style.|
|1890||Connection to Mallarmé and his circle.|
|1891/1903||Series of songs, “Fêtes galantes,” after Verlaine.|
|1891–94||Orchestral work “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” (“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”) with arabesque-like melodies.|
|1897–99||Nocturnes for orchestra and women’s voices.|
|1901||Beginning of his activity as a music critic.|
|1902||Performance of the opera “Pelléas et Mélisande” after the Symbolist drama by Maeterlinck, which despite criticism spells his breakthrough.|
|1903–05||Orchestral work “La Mer” uses symphonic principles and “Impressionist” tonal language.|
|1905–07||Books one and two of “Images” for piano.|
|1906–08||“Children’s Corner,” children’s pieces for piano.|
|1909–10/11–1913||Books one and two of the “Préludes” for piano; the programmatic titles of these character pieces, some of which are quite esoteric, are listed at the end of each one.|
|1913||Songs “Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé.”|
|1915–17||Chamber music sonatas, drawing from the French tradition of the eighteenth century.|
|1918||Death in Paris on March 25.|
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!