Debussy, orchestrated by Colin Matthews
Colin Matthews (Orchestrator)
Full Orchestra
2(II=picc) - 4331 - perc(1): glsp/crot 2 harp (2nd ad lib) - cel - strings
Commissioned by the Halle Concerts Society
First Performance
24.10.02, UK, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester: Hallé Orchestra/Jean-Bernard Pommier

Score on sale 0-571-52427-3, parts for hire

Programme Notes
A year after the Hallé gave the first performance of Three Debussy Preludes, here are two more, to be followed by a further group of three early next year: 8 out of 24 so far! 'Canope' is an Egyptian vase, and the music is solemn and enigmatic – not unlike the opening of Debussy's Martyre de Saint Sebastien. 'Les tierces alternées' seems almost to belong to Debussy's Études rather than to the Preludes, since it is a pianistic study in thirds: it was in fact something of an afterthought as part of Book 2 of the Preludes, replacing a discarded Prelude, 'Tomai des éléphants', from Kipling's 'Jungle Book'. Colin Matthews

Licensing Information

Site Search

Newsletter sign-up

Submit your email address here to receive the latest news and special offers from Faber Music

Score Availability

It is possible in certain circumstances to purchase some scores direct from the Hire Library, even if advertised as available only for hire.

Please Contact the Hire Library:
Tel: +44 (0)1279 828907 / 8

Take a look

Matthew Hindson

One of Australia’s most dynamic and successful composers. His invigorating soundworld is both immediate and...

read more