This piece dates originally from May 1882 when Debussy made his first public appearance as a composer at a musical soiree in Paris accompanying the violinist Maurice Thieberg. Among the work performed on that occasion was a Nocturne and Scherzo for Violin and Piano by the 19-year-old composer which has since disappeared. In June Debussy made a new version for Cello and Piano which survives in autograph manuscript and is published here - in this new edition by the musicologist and cellist Neil Heyde - for the first time.Although the title implies two separate pieces the Nocturne et Scherzo is a hybrid piece in which the opening Scherzo material surrounds a cantabileepisode of nocturnal character.
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