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Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

The piece of classical music I have been listening to the most in 2013, have been Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy from 1915.

It one of Debussy’s (22nd August 1862 – 25th March 1918) later pieces, unique by the brilliant balance between the three instruments.

Debussy is known as one of the most prominent Impressionist composers together with Maurice Ravel, but his later pieces like this one, may also be seen as parallel to Neoclassicism, (best known through Stravinsky’s works from about 1919-1954)

Debussy was a very private, almost isolated man, he saw the world as corrupt and ugly, and had very little social life, besides a few close friends. He wrote about this piece : “My last evening have been charming, I have finished the sketch for the sonate for flute oboe and harp and all reality has been far from me”, he later replaced the oboe, for the viola.

The piece was first performed privately on dec. 10, 1916.