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Debussy, Claude

(Achille) Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He ...

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Six épigraphes antiques / orchestrated for small orchestra by Rudolf Escher, 1975-1977, Claude Debussy

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1991
Publisher's number: 03913
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Instruments: pic 2fl fl-a ob ob(eh) 2cl fg perc cel 2hp str(8.6.4.4.)
Remarks: Oorspr. voor piano 4h. - Cop. 1978. - Met financiële steun van het Prins Bernhard Fonds. - Jaar van oorspr. comp.: 1914. - Tijdsduur: ca. 14'
Duration: 14'00"
Year of composition: 1977
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Other authors:
Escher, Rudolf (orchestrator)
Contains:
Pour invoquer Pan, dieu de vent d'été
Pour un tombeau sans nom
Pour que la nuit soit propice
Pour la danseuse aux crotales
Pour l'Egyptienne
Pour remercier la pluie au matin
Description:
Program note (English): (First radio-performance: July 6, 1978 (broadcast 20 July) - Radio Kamerorkest, Ernest Bour, conducting; first concert performance: October 28, 1979 - Grote Zaal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam - Concertgebouworkest, Bernard Haitink, conducting).
In 1914, shortly before World War I and four years after his death in 1918, Debussy completed his Six épigraphes antiques, a suite of six short pieces for piano-four hands (...). The composition has a remarkable hasty texture and does not reveal a typical piano ornamentation; it is in certain sense already particel (score-design), which reveals a certain instrumental source on each page, the source of 'music for two harps, celesta and some woodwinds.' Especially the dominant place of the harps can be seen in the scores' written notes. Strengthened by the knowledge that Debussy (...) himself thought of an orchestration, I have considered my circumstances for the orchestration as a leading principle (...). - RUDOLF ESCHER

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