Sonata da Caccia
- 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 Adès
Score and parts on special sale from the Hire Library
- 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.