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Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

(Arranger: Paolo Fradiani)

  • for ensemble or chamber orchestra
  • 1 1 1 0 - 1 0 0 0 - hp (or pno), str
  • Duration: 11’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute
    oboe
    clarinet in A
    horn in F
    harp (or piano)
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass (strings: single or multiple players)
  • Composer: Claude Debussy
  • Arranger: Paolo Fradiani

Work introduction

This symphonic poem is inspired by Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem L’après-midi d’un faune, of which an historical version by Arnold Schönberg already exists. The substantial difference between these two arrangements is a single instrument of the ensemble: Schönberg's version includes the harmonium in his own instrumentation, while in this version the harmonium is replaced by the French horn. The presence of the French horn gives to this work greater brilliance and fullness of the sound and the orchestral mix. This arrangement is not derived from Schönberg’s version, but from the original orchestrated by Debussy.

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World première

Location:
Kammermusiksaal, Freiburg (DE)
Date:
19.06.2018
Orchestra:
Studierende der Hochschule für Musik Freiburg

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