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Sonata for Violin and Piano
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By Claude Debussy

Strings Piano, Violin, Piano Accompaniment (Violin and Piano) - Henle Level 6
Composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Sheet Music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. Urtext edition-paper bound. Impressionistic. Single piece and set of parts (softcover). With introductory text, performance notes, bowings and fingerings. 56 pages. G. Henle #HN410. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480410).

Item Number: HL.51480410

ISBN 9790201804101. 9x12 inches.

Debussy had intended to write a cycle comprising six sonatas. However, as he was seriously ill, he was forced to conclude it with the third one. Whereas the Sonata for Cello and Piano and the one for Flute, Viola and Harp were quickly written in 1915, an unusually fruitful compositional year, the violin sonata posed difficulties for the composer in the following year. He struggled with the finale in particular, and was only able to send the work to the publisher Durand in April 1917. Its difficult genesis is soon forgotten when one listens to the resulting work: it displays perfect classicism and is full of life, as the composer himself remarked.

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  • 5

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  • April 20, 2012 Beautiful Edition

    Henle has done a splendid job with the Debussy Sonate. The violin part is easy to read and logically laid out. In fact there are three violin parts: in the piano part is the violin part as it appeared in the manuscript, the main violin part has fingerings and bowings...

    added and an appendix that shows the enitire first edition violin part.

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  • August 27, 2005 great sonata

    learning the notes is easy in this sonata, but the difficulty lies in its essential necessity: tone color. this sonata requires a mastery of tone colors so unless you have enough colors on your pallete, don't attempt to learn this piece.

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