Nocturne et Scherzo (Debussy, Claude)


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Scores and Parts

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Generoso (2014/12/26)

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Generoso (2014/12/26)

Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1882 Signed and Dated by composer, 14 June.
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General Information

Work Title Nocturne et Scherzo
Alternative. Title
Composer Debussy, Claude
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CD 39 ; L.26
Key D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2
  1. Nocturne (lost)
  2. Scherzo (D major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1882
First Performance. 1882-05-12 in Paris, Salon Flaxland
Maurice Thieberg (violin), Claude Debussy (piano)
First Publication. 1995
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Cello and Piano
External Links Centre de documentation Claude Debussy
Extra Information Probably the composer's arrangement of a lost piece for violin and piano performed on May the 12th.

Misc. Comments

First publication: 1995 in an edition for Faber Music by Neil Heyde who conjectured that the unusual title might indicate some specific musical characteristics (e. g. in the sense of a scherzo with the character of a nocturne) which in turn would
mean there was only one movement. In a new edition (Henle HN945, 2009) E-G. Heinemann thinks there were initially 2 movements and labeled the piece simply "Scherzo", intentionally moving away from the title 'Nocturne et Scherzo'
which appears just once in the manuscript, on the separate outer title page of the solo instrumental part.