La damoiselle élue (Debussy, Claude)

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Carolus (2010/8/29)

Performer Pages DuPage Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra)
Barbara Schubert (conductor)
Performers Victoria VerHoven, soprano; Sharon Quattrin, mezzo-soprano
North Central College Women's Chorale
Publisher Info. DuPage, IL: DuPage Symphony Orchestra
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Misc. Notes Performed 9 February 2008. Naperville, IL: Pfeiffer Hall. From Internet Archive
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Vangi (2017/1/2)

Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, n.d.(ca.1902)
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Misc. Notes BnF département Musique, MS-985. This is the manuscript used in the production of the first edition below.
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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. Paris: A. Durand & Fils, n.d.(ca.1902). Plate D. & F. 6138.
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Language French
Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand, 1906. Plate D. & F. 6106.
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Misc. Notes From the uploader's family archives. This is Debussy's own revised arrangement.
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Carolus (2009/2/27)

Language English
Translator Frank Damrosch (1859-1937), English text
Publisher. Info. New York: Schirmer, 1903, 1908. Plate 16887.
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Publisher. Info. Paris: A. Durand & Fils, 1909. Plate D. & F. 7244.
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Arranger Palmer Christian (1885-1947)
Publisher. Info. Boston: Boston Music Co., 1920. Plate B. M. Co. 6185.
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General Information

Work Title La damoiselle élue
Alternative. Title
Composer Debussy, Claude
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CD 69 ; L. 62
Text Incipit La damoiselle élue s’appuyait Sur la barrière dur du Ciel
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1887-88, reorchestrated 1902
First Performance. 1893-04-8 in Paris, Salle Érard.
Société nationale de musique. Julia and Thérèse Robert (vocal soli)
Orchestra and women's chorus ; Gabriel Prosper Marie (conductor)
First Publication. 1892 (Vocal Score); 1902 (Full Score)
Librettist Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)
Gabriel Sarrazin (1853-1935), French translation
Language French
Dedication Paul Dukas
Average DurationAvg. Duration 21 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, mezzo-soprano; female chorus (SSAA)
Orchestra: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons
4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 2 harps, strings
External Links Centre de documentation Claude Debussy

Misc. Comments

  • Grove Music lists only one soprano soloist, and the score lists only une récitante, p.18. It is unclear why the first performance (and others since then) used two soloists, though it may have something to do with the range of the récitante part.
  • Debussy became familiar with Rossetti's poetry through Sarrazin's Poètes modernes de l'Angleterre, published in the mid-1880s.