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Debussy’s duties included composing two pieces for the Conservatoire’s annual clarinet competition—one of them a showpiece, the other for sight reading. He began the showpiece, the Première Rhapsodie, in December 1909, finishing it a month later. Designed to test the technique of advanced clarinettists, the piece ranges from the sun-drenched world of L’après-midi d’un faune to the more sparkling scherzando style of his piano piece L’isle joyeuse; it also shares something of the easy charm of Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet, composed some two years earlier. On 14 July 1910, Debussy joined the jury to judge his Rhapsodie’s performances by 11 candidates. Six months later the Rhapsodie received its official premiere, performed by its dedicatee Prosper Mimart on 16 January 1911 in the Salle Gaveau in Paris. Enthralled by the performance, Debussy was moved to suggest it was one of the most pleasing works he had ever composed—a judgement to which many clarinettists have since concurred.
from notes by Daniel Jaffé © 2014