Composer
DEBUSSY
Title
Sonata(fl,va,hp)
Publisher
Henle Verlag
Grade
4
Product Code
22H050001026

This the second of the six chamber sonatas that Debussy had planned to compose for different instrumental combinations (only three were completed).  Composed in the fall of 1915, it was not published until almost a year later, with the world premiere taking place in November of 1916 in Boston, Massachusetts.  All three of the completed sonatas share a clear rejection of the Austro-German sonata tradition in favor of a French classicism.  This combination of flute, viola and harp conveys the impression of a restrained melancholy, something that even Debussy remarked as a very old Debussy, one of the Debussy Nocturnes.  The three movements are Pastorale, Interlude and Final.  Also included with this edition is an explanation of the marks that Debussy used.