Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor (1915)
The Cello Sonata of 1915 was the first of the proposed six sonatas, and Debussy remarked that he liked "its proportions and its form, which is almost classical in the true sense of the word." Its form may be classical but its character certainly is not: it abounds in the uninhibited, swirling arabesque lines so typical of the composer, and its bizzare pizzicato in the antic second movement lives up to the title Debussy apparently planned to give the sonata, "Pierrot fâché avec la lune" - Pierrot angry with the moon. The finale has a decidedly Spanish flavor, interrupted by a slow middle section labeled "con morbidezza."
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