Adaptation for English horn by Gilles Silvestrini
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy's death, François Leleux asked me to re-orchestrate the Rhapsody for saxophone and orchestra for an adaptation for English horn.
The orchestration by Jean Roger-Ducasse (1919) had to be completely rethought - the character and volume of the English horn being the opposite of the saxophone.
There was another problem: Debussy's manuscript does not always provide for the attribution of the solos in a certain way, so I had to find new solutions to the existing adaptations. In particular, I entrusted the soloist with passages taken from the orchestra, in order to give him or her a place of honor.
But my main concern was to create the most faithful poetic climate to Debussy.
Oboe, Flutes, Bassoon, Clarinets, English horn solo, 4 Horns, Harp, Alti, Violins 1-2, Cello, Double bass, Percussion, Timpani.
Orchestra equipment available for rent on request.