The vocal score file seems to be corrupt (I've tried downloading it several times and keep getting that message.)
Otherwise ... thanks for everything! All best, Somtow
Dear Daphnis, I'm in Bangkok, and it's definitely out of copyright here (Thailand has the same rule as Canada.) The file does download, it just says it's corrupt when it tries to open. Thanks so much for your response.
Indeed, it's a Mac and I'm running Firefox. That could well have been the problem. But guess what, I did it AGAIN (third time) after reading the last few comments, and this time it worked. So maybe it was just one of those inexplicable glitches. Thank you for everything you guys are doing.
From sbeckmesser at the Forum:
For the record, the Cambridge Opera Handbook on Pelleas (by Roger Nichols, Richard Langham Smith) contains on p.200 the following list of editions of the full score [my comments in brackets are made without having seen original Durand copies of any of these editions]:
As far as I know, all these editions will have a page count of 409. The revised orchestration could probably be incorporated without a change in page count. An easy-to-find example of the revised orchestration is the opening bar of of Act II (p.70), in which the original flute line is now doubled by the first violins.
There is also a reprint of a Pelleas score available from Kalmus, which I might be able to obtain. It will definitely be a large format (10 x 13), but I've no idea of which exact Durand issue they used as their camera-ready copy. Carolus 06:51, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
7/25: The mystery deepens. Just obtained a copy of a 1964 printing of the Durand study score "Imp. Roland Père et Fils - Paris, Mars 1964". It's the unrevised version! The opening of Act II id for 2 flutes in unison, no violins. Additional scores (different printings) are on order via the local library. Hopefully they got it right sometime after 1950. We'll see..... Carolus 21:46, 25 July 2009 (UTC)
9/3: The following is a slightly edited version of one of my entries in the forum:
[The revised score] contains the following three easy-to-hear [differences from the 1st edition](these corrections are not the only differences, only three of the ones most easily heard on a recording and visible in a score).
A. p.5, system 1, bar 1 (1 bar before ): timpani roll on low B-flat (2nd B-flat below middle C) B. p.87, system 2 bar 2 (3 bars after ): Pelleas sings: "oui, oui, la bas" C. p.326, last bar of 1st system, first bar of second system (the 2 bars before : the "Golaud rhythm" in the horns (similar to the woodwind rhythms in bars 5-6 of the first act)
In all three instances, the [earlier score] contain[s] full-bar rests for the indicated performers at these points. These locations are thus sure-fire indicators as to whether a score is the revised 1905 orchestration or not. The violins doubling of the flutes at the opening of the 2nd act is apparently one of those corrections that Debussy entered even later into his personal copy of the score and which, as far as I know, have yet to see official printed (engraved) status from any source.
Sorry for my initial confusion on this issue. --SBeckmesser