Premiere Rhapsody (tr. Baars)

From Wind Repertory Project
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (trans. Marcel Baars)

Subtitle: For Clarinet and Orchestra

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2016
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Clarinet and piano
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €142.00   |   Score Only (print) - €26.00


Full Score
Solo B-flat Soprano Clarinet
C Piccolo
Solo Flute I-II
Flute tutti
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
Solo B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Harp I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Première rhapsodie (First Rhapsody) by Claude Debussy is a piece for accompanied solo clarinet. Composed between December 1909 and January 1910, it was dedicated to the French clarinet professor Prosper Mimart.

In 1909, Gabriel Fauré, director of the Paris Conservatoire, named Debussy to its board of directors (le Conseil Supérieur). One of Debussy's first duties was to supply two works for the next year's clarinet examinations. The Rhapsodie was first performed as part of the examinations on July 14, 1910. Debussy considered the piece 'one of the most charming I have ever written,' and liked it enough to arrange the piano part for orchestra in 1911, producing one of his very few concerto-type compositions.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Symphony (John R. Stewart, conductor; Rafael Puga, clarinet) - 28 April 2023
  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (R. Mark Rogers, conductor; Maleah Martin, clarinet) - 27 February 2022
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor; Hunter Nicholson, clarinet) – 23 April 2019

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