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For Immediate Release July 23, 2014
Critical Edition of Debussy’s Sonate pour Flûte, Alto, et Harpe
Debussy Sonate pour Flute, Alto, et Harpe

New York, NY — Carl Fischer Music announces the release of a critically edited version of Claude Debussy’s Sonate pour Flûte, Alto, et Harpe (MXE46 - Score and Parts - $39.99; MXE46L - Large Score [Harp] - $35.00). Almost 100 years after the first publication of this piece by Durand et Cie, this seminal work in the chamber music literature has been meticulously compared, contrasted, and corrected against Debussy’s handwritten and autographed 1915 manuscript by harpist and scholar Carl Swanson. Using photographs provided by the National Library of France, Mr. Swanson documented and corrected over 100 discrepancies between Debussy’s intent and the Durand 1916 edition.

The corrections made in this edition consist of musical indications being omitted, misplaced, or inverted. For example, dynamic markings that are in the manuscript, but not the printed version have been added; wrong notes, or notes in a slightly different place, have been corrected; musical indications that were printed in the score, but not in the individual parts, have been added; and intended duration of dynamics and tempo changes have been corrected.

For the first time in history Debussy’s Sonate pour Flûte, Alto, et Harpe has been printed exactly as the composer intended.

Debussy’s Sonate pour Flûte, Alto, et Harpe is available now through Carl Fischer Music, or your favorite music retailer.

Carl Swanson is well known to the harp world as the author of many articles published in various professional publications on the subject of repertoire and history of the harp, and as a lecturer at harp conferences. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees in harp performance from major musical institutions and studied in France with legendary harpist and teacher Pierre Jamet. He is equally well known as an authority on harp restoration and maintenance, and wrote a book on the subject 30 years ago which has become the must-have reference for every pedal harpist.

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