Premiere Rhapsodie and Petite Piece (Clarinet and Piano). Composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Edited by Ernst-Gunter Heinemann, Klaus Schilde, and Ernst-G. For Clarinet, Piano. Clarinet. Henle Music Folios. Pages: Score = V and 22 * Clar. in B-flat Part = 6. Softcover. 34 pages. G. Henle #HN789. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480789).
Originally written for the final year clarinet examination at the Paris Conservatoire, Debussy's “Première Rhapsodie” has quickly become a bestseller of the clarinet repertoire, being a highly impressionistic work that plays marvellously with the timbral possibilities of the clarinet. Its success was so pervasive that Debussy later arranged the piano accompaniment for orchestra, and in this form the rhapsody is today to be heard all around the world. Our edition also contains as a “lollipop” the popular “Petite pièce,” an original work of under forty bars that was in fact devised as a sight-reading test.