Sonata da Caccia


by Thomas Adès

chamber ensemble of 3 players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
baroque oboe or oboe, horn and harpsichord

Commissioned by the BBC

First Performance
19.4.1994, BBC Pebble Mill, Birmingham, UK: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Thomas Ad├Ęs

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Programme Notes

The combination of oboe, horn and harpsichord was devised by Debussy for the fourth of his instrumental sonatas, which death prevented him from composing. This piece could be imagined as a ‘homage’ to Debussy and Couperin, in the manner of the latter’s L’Apothéose de Corelli or L’Apothéose de Lulli.

All indications in French are taken from works of Couperin. Dynamic indications (in round brackets) and other markings (in square brackets) are to be treated as the benign suggestions of a very expert editor.

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