Hommage à Rameau

From Wind Repertory Project
Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (trans. Donald Hunsberger)

Subtitle: Dance in the Style of a Sarabande

General Info

Year: 1905 / 2009
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of Print.


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

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Seldom has a work by a master of the Impressionistic Period been made available to the wind world. Such a piece is Debussy's Hommage á Rameau, now in an exotic wind orchestration by Donald Hunsberger, who continues his long line of scoring contributions to the wind band. Hommage is from Debussy's Miroirs (1905) and was scored from the original piano edition.

- Program Note from publisher

Dedicated to the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor.

- Program Note from score

The Hommage movement in the 1905 piano Images is the second of three movements, being framed by Reflets dans l’eau and Mouvement (moto perpetuo). The dedication to Rameau (and earlier French clavenists) was a direct reproach of another popular figure, Christoph Gluck. Debussy loved and appreciated things very French. Upon the work’s first performance, some of Debussy’s detractors felt that the movement was “one of the graver and stiffer piano works.” By way of contrast of opinion, Andres, who wrote a biography of Debussy in 1922, felt that” ... with the Sunken Cathedral, Hommage a Rameau is the most beautiful piece for the piano ... since the last three sonatas of Beethoven” and he finds “grandeur and purity of architecture," “gentle majesty of proportions,” “simplicity of effect,"and “extreme refinement."

The present setting for wind band attempts to build upon the melodic and harmonic progressions developed by Debussy in a manner that supports his constant flow of musical ideas. Particular effort has been made to ascertain the lightness of lower dynamic passages while retaining the ability to create major climactic peaks. The wind orchestration will hopefully remind one of Debussy’s own orchestrations while demonstrating the vast possibilities of timbral resources inherent in today’s wind band.

- Program Note by the Midlothian High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 December 2014


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Debussy, C.; Hunsberger, D. (2009). Hommage a Rameau: Dance in the Style of a Sarabande [score]. Belwin-Mills: [s.l.].