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

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

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

Year of composition:
1890-1894
Scored for:
for ensemble or chamber orchestra
Composer:
Claude Debussy
Arranger:
Paolo Fradiani (2014)
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 0 - 1 0 0 0 - hp (or pno), str
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)
Duration:
11’
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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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