Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918

Quatuor pour cordes
Manuscrit conservé à la Bibliothèque national de France,
département de la Musique - Ms 1004

Fac-similés d'œuvres de Claudy Debussy

Debussy Quatuor

Debussy Quatuor

Quatuor pour cordes

 1. Animé et très décidé 
2. Assez vif et bien rythmé
 3. Andantino, doucement
4. Très modéree - En animant
- Très mouvementé et
     avec  passion

[978-2-7177-2788-3]  - $74

How did Debussy view his own manuscripts? Letters written in 1915 to his publisher Jacques Durand discussing the Six Études sum it up:

  "When you see it, you will note the patience of a Benedictine required for the graphic notation...."

"I have copied the last note of the Études... Ouf! ... the most detailed of Japanese engravings is child's play compared to the graphic notation of some of the pages..."

Fac-similés d'œuvres de Claude Debussy, [5]. Paris, 2018. Upright, 26.5 x 35 cm, 42 pp.
In order to strengthen its editorial policy, the Centre de documentation Claude Debussy has decided to present Debussy’s autograph manuscripts to the public by publishing facsimiles of his works. This new facsimile series, of which this is the fifth, takes particular care in being completely faithful to the original, respecting the size, the colors of the inks or pencils used, as well as the quality of the paper of the documents. Such publications are greatly appreciated by performers and musicologists. Debussy's manuscripts are scattered all over the world both in private and public collections.
Deluxe 4-color facsimile of the autograph score issued on the occasion of the centenary of Debussy’s death. The Quartet, composed shortly after L'Après-midi d'un faun, shows the composer's fondness of  using musical forms as aural light and color, new textures of sound, exotic scales, chords which did not resolve. It's based  almost entirely on one motif which is stated in ther first bars of the first movement. Rather than a classic exposition and development section one hears a continous variation in cyclic form, a mosaic of the germinal motif and its altered versions. The work received its premiere on December 29, 1893 by the Ysaÿe Quartet at the Société National in Paris (Margaret Pragg).
This facsimile edition is based on Debussy's fair copy —Ms 1004—and contains numerous markings and clarifications set by the engraver, providing a glimpse into the final editing phase of the work.  Wrappers, in special art paper.
Debussy. Quatuor pour cordes, cover

distributed by:

OMI - Old Manuscripts & Incunabula
PO Box 6019 FDR Station, New York NY 10150
tel/fax 212/ 758-1946 •