Viola Sonata (Labey, Marcel)

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Sheet Music

Scores and Parts

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First edition

Publisher Info.:

Paris: E. Demets, 1905. Plate E. 1039 D.


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It is not PD in Canada, the EU or elsewhere.

Misc. Notes:

Imprimerie Rœder, Paris


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General Information

Work Title Viola Sonata
Alternative. Title
Composer Labey, Marcel
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. [Op.7?]
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IML 2
Key C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements
  1. Lent (= 60) - Animé (= 144) - Un peu lent (= 100) - Au mouvement
  2. Modéré sans lenteur
  3. Lent et espressif (= 40) - Très animé (= 152) - Modéré (= 108) - Très animé
First Publication. 1905 – Paris: E. Demets
Dedication Pierre de Bréville
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Viola, piano

Misc. Comments

Given Op.7 in a worklist on Earsense which gives 1904 for the composition date. The main (Animé) section of the first movement is in C minor, so strictly speaking the Key/mode of the work is C minor, not major (though this rule isn't ironclad; Ludolf Nielsen's 2nd symphony is in E major despite a first movement in E minor also surrounded by E major slow sections.)

Should now be moved to regular IMSLP server unless there's some reason not to. - ES