Originally intended as part of a cycle of six sonatas for various instruments, Debussy’s Violoncello Sonata was composed in 1915 during a productive summer spent at the coast in Pourville in which he also completed the Etudes and the Sonata for flute, viola, and harp. Only three of the Six Sonates pour divers instruments were completed before Debussy’s death in March 1918.
This arrangement of the Violoncello Sonata for trumpet and piano attempts to keep as much of the original character as possible, and retains the unaltered piano accompaniment. In addition to an overall compression of range and transposition of register, small alterations have been made to expressive markings and to some of the notes to facilitate articulation and the trajectory of line through the trumpet registers. In the pizzicato passages the musical materials themselves have been rewritten to more suitably fit the trumpet, while adhering to the original style and harmonic framework.
- Trumpet in C