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Engulfed Cathedral, The (tr Patterson)

From Wind Repertory Project
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (trans. Patterson)

The full title in French is Préludes, Book 1: X. La cathédrale engloutie.

General Info

Year: 1910 / 1993
Duration: c. 6:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $165.00   |   Score Only - $35.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (opt.)
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass (opt.)
Celeste (opt.)
Harp (opt.)
Piano (opt.)
Percussion (5-6 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (suspended)
  • Gong (Tam-Tam)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Vibraphone (2 players)
  • Crotales
  • Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Engulfed Cathedral is the tenth prelude in the first volume of Debussy's Preludes. It depicts an old legend from Brittany that states, “To punish the people for their sins, the cathedral in the mighty city of Ys is engulfed by the sea. Each sunrise, the townspeople watch as the sunken cathedral rises from the water, and then sinks slowly into the ocean."

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • Florida: V
  • Louisiana: V
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: IV
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


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  • Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band (New York, N.Y.) (Henco Espag, conductor) - 14 December 2019
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Symphony (Scott Hanna, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Hannah Rudy, conductor) – 25 November 2019
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) – 24 November 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Symphonic Band (Ricky Badua, conductor) – 19 October 2019
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) – 26 April 2019
  • Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Symphony (Christopher Hughes, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble (Ossining, N.Y.) (James D. Wayne, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • Atascadero (Calif.) Community Band (Randy Schwalbe, conductor) – 3 March 2018
  • James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.) Wind Symphony (Stephen Bolstad, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (Kenneth Pfromm, conductor) – 13 November 2018
  • Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) Wind Symphony (Don L. Peterson, conductor) – 1 November 2018
  • Belmont University (Nashville, Tenn.) Wind Ensemble (Barry Kraus, conductor) – 5 October 2018
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) Wind Ensemble (Ryan M. Yahl, conductor) – 27 March 2018
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 24 March 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Wind Ensemble (JoAnn Wieszczyk, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 2 February 2018
  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen Gage, conductor) – 19 October 2017
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall Coleman, conductor) – 25 April 2017
  • University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 24 February 2017
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, conductor) – 27 September 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer

This composer primarily wrote orchestral music. Transcriptions of his works include: