Violin Sonata (Debussy)

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The Violin Sonata in G minor, L 140, for violin and piano was composed by Claude Debussy in 1917. It was the composer's last major composition and the third work in what had originally been conceived as a cycle of six sonatas for various instruments (the first two being the cello sonata, L 135, and the sonata for flute, viola and harp, L 137). The work is notable for its brevity; a typical performance lasts about 13 minutes. The premiere took place on 5 May 1917, the violin part played by Gaston Poulet, with Debussy himself at the piano. It was his last public performance.[1]


The work has three movements:

  1. Allegro vivo
  2. Intermède: Fantasque et léger
  3. Finale: Très animé

Selected recordings[edit]

  • Debussy Violin sonata. HMV ALP 1520, recorded 1948. Ginette Neveu - violin, Jean Neveu - piano
  • Debussy Violin sonata. Decca LP LXT2810, recorded 1953. Christian Ferras - violin, Pierre Barbizet - piano
  • Prokofiev Violin Sonata No.2, Debussy Violin sonata, Milhaud Violin Sonata No.2. Decca LP LXT6351, recorded 1967. Ion Voicu - violin, Monique Haas - piano
  • Janáček, Debussy, Poulenc, Ježek: Violin sonatas. Supraphon CD (SU 3547-2 101). Josef Suk - violin, Jan Panenka - piano
  • Debussy, Ravel, Ysaÿe: Violin Sonatas; Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies. David Oistrakh - violin, Frida Bauer - piano, 1966
  • Debussy, Ravel, Messiaen, Dubugnon: Beau Soir. Decca CD. Janine Jansen - violin, Itamar Golan - piano

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sleeve note of the Supraphon CD (SU 3547-2 101)

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