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La Mer

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By Claude Debussy

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Study score. Composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Edited by Peter Jost. Partitur-Bibliothek (Score Library). Early 20th Century. Study score. Breitkopf and Haertel #PB-5516-07. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.PB-5516-07).

Item Number: BR.PB-5516-07

ISBN 979-0-004-21187-8. 16,5 x 22,5 cm inches.

The three symphonic sketches La Mer are, after Prelude a Lapresmidi dun faune, no doubt Debussys most frequently performed orchestral work. This success derives in part from its formal resemblance to a symphony, which had already been noted by the composers contemporaries, and in part from its sound, which was associated from the very start with the shimmer and iridescence of Impressionism.

Peter Jost takes all major sources into consideration. Ultimately, the musical text of his Urtext edition is based on a copy of the second edition of the score, published in 1909, in which the composer incorporated his experiences as auditor and conductor into a last authorized version. After the cool reception given La Mer at its world premiere, Debussy revised the work and conducted the extraordinarily successful performances of it in early 1908 in Paris,London and Rome.

Fur einen unkomplizierten und prazisen Zugang zu Debussys La Mer ist Josts Neuausgabe in Zukunft zweifellos die erste Wahl. Denn sie uberzeugt durch ihr vorzuglich gestaltetes Notenbildes, das instruktive Vorwort und der sorgfaltig zusammengestellte Revisionsbericht. (Christoph Flamm, Die Musikforschung)

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