Project Description

Première Rhapsodie
Claude Debussy: Première Rhapsodie pour clarinette et piano | Première Rhapsodie pour orchestre avec clarinette principale
Luís CarvalhoPremière Rhapsodie pour clarinette principale et petite orchestre

for ensemble or small orchestra with solo clarinet:
*1*1 1ª *1 – 1*100 – harp – 1perc. – strings ( or up to max.
ª clarinet as soloist

  • composition dates (Debussy):
    • original version for clarinet and piano: 1909-10
    • version for clarinet and orchestra: 1911
  • reduction/(re)orchestration for clarinet and ensemble (Luís Carvalho): 2015
  • duration: ca. 9 min.
  • detailed orchestration:
    Flute (+ Piccolo) / Oboe (+ English-horn) / Bassoon (+ Contrabassoon) / Horn /
    Trumpet (+ Flugelhorn) / Percussion (1 player): vibraphone; glockenspiel; crotales; large suspended cymbal; snare-drum / harp (or piano) / strings (string quintet or up to maximum: 6 vl.I/
    6 vl.II/ 4 vla./ 4 vlc./ 2db.)
  • premiere: [not yet premiered]

Conceived à propos the oeuvres’ centennial year (albeit not aiming at any specific commemoration), this new (re)orchestration of Première Rhapsodie by Debussy is intended mainly to offer an alternative to both the traditional [and original] version for clarinet & piano as well as the clarinet & orchestra version by Debussy himself. The perspective here is one of pragmatism regarding the instrumental demands, namely at the concision of requirements – minimum players for the accompanying ensemble counts at 12, plus the solo clarinet. This re-instrumentation is not, however, a mere “orchestral reduction” of Debussy’s own orchestral version, for, while trying to maintain the “impressionistic” sonorities of its original, it looks for a more “refined”, “fresh”, even a more “modern” approach, in the likes of an aesthetic restyling.

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