The Engulfed Cathedral composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Arranged by Merlin Patterson. Concert band. Suitable for the most advanced high school bands, community, college, university, and professional bands. Grade 5. Conductor Full Score. Duration 6:30. Published by Manhattan Beach Music (MH.1-59913-081-5).
In this transcription of Debussy's THE ENGULFED CATHEDRAL, I have tried to create a work that will display the tonal beauty as well as the power and grandeur of the modern symphonic band. Unusual instrumental combinations have been used throughout, and great care has been given to subtle shadings of color and texture. THE ENGULFED CATHEDRAL (La Cathedrale engloutie) is No. 10 Book I of Claude Debussy's PRELUDES; it is one of his best known and most popular works, not only in its original version for solo piano, but also in its numerous transcriptions, the most notable of which is the orchestral setting by Leopold Stokowski. THE ENGULFED CATHEDRAL depicts an old legend from Brittany: To punish the people for their sins, the Cathedral of Ys is engulfed by the sea. Each sunrise the townspeople watch as the sunken cathedral rises from the water and then sinks slowly into the ocean. Ensemble instrumentation: 2 Piccolo, 4 Flute I, 4 Flute II, 2 Oboe I, 2 Oboe II, 2 English Horn (opt.), 3 Bassoon I & II, 4 Bb Clarinet I, 4 Bb Clarinet II, 4 Bb Clarinet III, 3 Bb Bass Clarinet, 2 Eb Contra Alto Clarinet, 2 Bb Contrabass Clarinet, 3 Eb Alto Saxophone I, 3 Eb Alto Saxophone II, 2 Bb Tenor Saxophone, 2 Eb Baritone Saxophone, 3 Bb Trumpet I, 3 Bb Trumpet II, 3 Bb Trumpet III, 3 F Horn I & II, 3 F Horn III & IV, 6 Trombone I & II, 3 Bass Trombone, 3 Euphonium B.C., 2 Euphonium T.C., 6 Tuba, 4 String Bass (opt.), 2 Celeste (opt.), 2 Harp (opt.), 2 Piano (opt.), 2 Timpani, 8 Percussion Score: Bells, Chimes, Vibraphone I, Vibraphone II & Crotales, Suspended Cymbal, Gong, & Bass Drum. PERCUSSION SCORE freely transcribed by Merlin Patterson. Bells: medium hard rubber mallets; hard plastic or brass mallets, Chimes: medium mallets; soft mallet, Vibraphone I (motor on): soft yarn mallets; hard yarn or rubber mallets; medium yarn mallets; soft yarn or rubber mallets; soft yarn mallets, Vibraphone II (motor off) & Crotales: medium soft yarn mallets; bass or cello bow; hard yarn or rubber mallets; medium yarn mallets; soft rubber mallets, Suspended Cymbal, Gong, Bass Drum.