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Le Martyre de Saint Sebastian

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Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy

Subtitle: Fanfares

General Info

Year: 1911
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Durand
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

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Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-VI
Trombone I-II-III
Trombone III/Tuba


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Le Martyre de saint Sébastien is a five-act musical mystery play on the subject of Saint Sebastian, with a text written in 1911 by the Italian author Gabriele D'Annunzio and incidental music by the French composer Claude Debussy (L.124).

Saint Sebastian ( c. AD 256 – 288) was an early Christian saint and martyr. According to traditional belief, he was killed during the Diocletianic Persecution of Christians. He was initially tied to a post or tree and shot with arrows, though this did not kill him. He was, according to tradition, rescued and healed by Saint Irene of Rome, which became a popular subject in 17th-century painting. In all versions of the story, shortly after his recovery he went to Diocletian to warn him about his sins, and as a result was clubbed to death. He is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.

The oldest record of the details of Sebastian's martyrdom is a sermon on Psalm 118 by 4th-century bishop Ambrose of Milan (Saint Ambrose). In his sermon, Ambrose stated that Sebastian came from Milan and that he was already venerated there at that time. Saint Sebastian is a popular male saint, especially today among athletes. In medieval times, he was regarded as a saint with a special ability to intercede to protect from plague, and devotion to him greatly increased when plague was active.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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