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Premiere Rhapsody

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Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy (arr. Walker; ed. Pappas)

General Info

Year: 1910 / 1963 / 2004
Duration: c. 7:35
Difficulty: VI (solo) / V (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Clarinet and piano
Publisher: BAS Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $15.00


Full Score
Solo Bb Clarinet
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
English Horn
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


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. The original composition was for clarinet and piano; Debussy published his own orchestration of the accompaniment in 1911, after the official premiere with Mimart.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Michael Colburn, conductor; Sean Szolek-Van Valkenburgh, clarinet) – 1 March 2020
  • Prairie Wind Ensemble (Peoria, Ill.) (Jim Tallman, conductor; Amy Zhou, clarinet) - 11 May 2018
  • Contra Costa Wind Symphony (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (Duane Carroll, conductor; John Pangia, clarinet) - 8 March 2015

Works for Winds by this Composer