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Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

By Claude Debussy

Flute, viola, harp (Score & Parts)
Composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Edited by Peter Jost. Sheet music. Henle Music Folios. Classical. Paperbound. G. Henle #HN1026. Published by G. Henle (HL.51481026).

Item Number: HL.51481026

9.25x12.25 inches.

The middle work in the three late chamber music sonatas was composed in spring 1915, directly after the cello sonata (HN 633). The innovative combination of sounds - a wind instrument, a stringed instrument, and a plucked instrument - greatly contributes to the impression of restrained melancholy. Debussy himself confirmed it, saying: 'It is terribly sad. And I do not know whether one should laugh or cry about it? Perhaps both at the same time?' On another occasion he emphasised the similarities with his own compositional style of the 1890s, remarking of the sonata: 'It reminds me of a very old Claude Debussy - the one of the Nocturnes'.

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    Hernan Villamil
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  • 2014-10-26 09:48:14.0 great quality from Henle

    As usual, Henle does it all the time. This edition contains many, if not all, the original indications given by Debussy in his manuscript (treasured in the National Library of France) that are notably (and inexplicably) absent in Durand's edition. I am glad I checked the article written in...

    the American Harp Society site: it was quite illuminating!

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