Sonata for violoncello

Founder and organizer of the cello festival Vivacello musician Boris Andrianov spoke about the works that will help to love the cello.

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Ludwig van Beethoven. Sonata for cello and piano

For cello, Beethoven was going to write a gig and offered his friend, the composer Bernhard * deep, become the first performer. But Romberg refused, saying that only those plays cello concertos, which he wrote himself. So Beethoven no Concerto for cello, but there are five cello sonatas.

These sonatas reflect the three main stages of the composer. In the first two sonatas, one can hear a huge number of topics: in addition to basic, episodic occur — and then fade. Already in these early works, Beethoven departs from the tradition of the first and second sonatas are very unusual in form. Secondly, there is a slow part, which is simultaneously an introduction to the fast part. In the third Sonata the visible work of man in the very height of his creative powers, the great master, has not lost the freshness and love of life. To the fourth and fifth sonatas of Beethoven’s language becomes ascetic and the music more experimental. The last part of the fifth Sonata is the Fugue, which sounds like a cacophony and completely ahead of its time.

Antonin Dvorak. Concerto in b minor for cello and orchestra

From everything written for solo cello and orchestra, Concerto for cello in b minor by dvořák is the most famous. Even in the movie “witches of Eastwick” the cellist was taught by a concert of Dvorak.

The concert consists of three parts, and each of them is heard of the Slavic motifs, tone. Already finish the concert, dvořák learned the tragic news: the death of his beloved. And already finished the work, the composer writes one more page, even two or three minutes of music, codes. This PostScript has a completely different character than the preceding heroic music: he’s bravura, bright, and seem to proclaims the victory of life over death.

Edward Elgar. Concerto for cello and orchestra

This concert by the great English composer, who lived at the turn of XIX–XX centuries, is inextricably linked with the name of the great cellist Jacqueline Du Pré, prematurely departed in forty years. The most outstanding recording of the concert Elgar exists in her performance, and the product is considered to be the hallmark of all known young violin player.

In a concert of four parts, written in the florid musical language. Such a composition is rather traditional with the Symphony, whereas in the concert, usually only three parts. It’s a slow beautiful music with the same pace, so from the contractor, it requires a lot of ideas and findings. Otherwise, the music will sound difficult and tough, as the orchestra plays quite a bit, and everything rests on the soloist.

Giovanni Sollima. “Violoncelles, fibres!” and “Antidotum Tarantulae XXI”

Giovanni Sollima — our contemporary, cellist and composer. Sollima called the Jimi Hendrix of the cello in his music he combines all the genres including classic and rock. If you listen to modern cello music, be sure to start with his “Violoncelles, fibres!”. “Antidotum Tarantulae” — a work for two cellos, which consists of five parts. It is a mixture of rock, Baroque classics, ethnic music, the music of street brass bands. All this eclecticism is in total harmony in the play.

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Joseph Haydn. Concerto in C major for cello and orchestra

Haydn wrote only two concerts. The most popular and often executable of them is the Concerto in C major for cello and orchestra, the manuscript notes which in 1961 or 1962, discovered in the depths of the Prague library. The concert lasts about twenty minutes and is written in a very clear, transparent language. This beautiful, upbeat music.


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