La mer (Debussy, Claude)

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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1905, dated 5 March. (engraver's copy).
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Misc. Notes #165221, 165227, 165228: High resolution (300 dpi) color scans. The interleaved blank pages of the original are not included
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Carolus (2009/6/23)

Publisher. Info. Moscow: Muzyka, n.d.(ca.1973). Plate 7631.
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Misc. Notes Low-quality scan. This is basically a version of the score's first printed edition (1905) but with the brass fanfares mentioned below (rehearsal 59:mm.4-11) already removed. It still contains numerous differences from the 1909 second edition (see below). For example, compare the cornet parts in the last 7 measures of the work in this edition with those in the second edition. The currently available Eulenburg No.1321 mini score appears to be identical to this first-edition file.
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Revised version (1909)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Fils, 1909. Plate D. & F. 6532, 6838.
Reprinted Three Great Orchestral Works in Full Score
Mineola: Dover Publications, 1983.
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Misc. Notes Monochrome scans. Marie Rolf in the introduction to the Durand Critical Edition: "The 1909 edition of La Mer is the last printed version known to have been sanctioned by Debussy." The Critical Edition does, however, contain many important corrections (examples: the crescendo in 1st bassoon part on PDF page 4, bar 4 actually starts in bar 3, and what look like accents in the nearby trumpet phrases are actually decrescendos). Some recordings (Munch/BSO among others) retain the brass fanfares that Debussy removed in this revision (measures 4-11 of rehearsal 59 - PDF pages 125-126).
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Generoso (2009/1/6)

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Ottaviano (2009/8/10)

Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Fils, 1909. Plate D. & F. 6533
Reprinted Miami: Edwin F. Kalmus, n.d.(1985).
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Cellofan (2015/5/24)

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For 2 Pianos (Caplet)

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Morel (2011/11/13)

Arranger André Caplet (1878-1925)
Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Fils, 1905-1909. Plate D. & F. 7358
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For Piano 4 hands (Debussy)

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Carolus (2006/12/31)

Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Fils, 1905. Plate D. & F. 6606
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Misc. Notes Engraver: Charles Douin (for Durand & Fils)
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Morel (2012/7/18)

Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Fils, 1905. Plate D. & F. 6606
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Daphnis (2009/8/10)

Arranger Lucien Garban (1877-1959)
Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Cie., 1938. Plate D. & F. 12,809.
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General Information

Work Title La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques
Alternative. Title The Sea
Composer Debussy, Claude
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CD 111 ; L.109
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements
I. De l'aube a midi sur la mer
II. Jeux de Vagues
III. Dialogue du Vent et de la Mer
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1903-05, rev. 1908
First Performance. 1905-10-15
Paris: Concerts Lamoureux, Camille Chevillard (conductor)
First Publication. 1905 (July) - Paris: Durand
Dedication Jacques Durand
Average DurationAvg. Duration 24 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Orchestra: 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets (A, B),
3 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (F), 2 cornets (C),
3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tam-tam,
triangle, glockenspiel, 2 harps, strings
External Links Centre de documentation Claude Debussy
Wikipedia article