Debussy — CELLO SONATA
Arranged for Cello & Harp by Julia Rovinsky
HarpMasters Edition, 2019
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) had intended to compose a total of six instrumental sonatas for various instruments, yet at the time of his death, only three were complete—one for flute, viola and harp, one for violin and piano, and one for cello and piano.
In a letter dating back to October 1915 and addressed to Bernardo Molinari, Debussy wrote: “There are going to be six of them for different groups of instruments and the last one will combine all those used in the previous five…”.
The Cello Sonata, the first of the sonatas cycle, was composed in 1915 and dedicated to Emma Debussy. This composition was premiered in 1916 by C. Warwick Evans (cello) and Madame Alfred Hobday (piano) in Aeolian Hall in London.
In this arrangement for Cello and Harp, the harp part is based on the original piano score. However, for more comfortable execution on the harp, lesser changes have been introduced, such as minor adaptations in texture, the use of enharmonical substitutions, as well as pedaling.