Sessions – Six Pieces for Violoncello
Prelude – Dialogue – Scherzo – Berceuse – Fantasy – Epilogue
Flaherty – Semi Suite
The composer writes: “Lament” is a slow movement based on a short tune first presented high on the C string, in imitation of a wooden flute. The tune is fragmented and gradually reassembled, finally appearing well above the normal cello range, in harmonics. “Trilling” is a response both to my interest in rhythmic and metric interaction and to the frustrating boredom of practicing standard trill studies as a cello student. The movement proceeds with a nearly constant measured trill on one string while a slower moving line on adjacent strings continuously redefines the metric meaning of the trill. A short cadenza in the center of the piece leads to a varied recapitulation of the main idea.
Matz Lights and Shadows for solo cello
A suite for solo cello includes 8 short movements: Intrada, Cantabile, Minuetto I and II, Siciliano, Pizzicato, Toccatina, and Finale Giocoso. Movements are of uneven difficulty, some staying in first position while others require fluence through 4th. Another good grow-witih-me selection.
Bach, JS – Suites for Violoncello Solo BWV 1007-1012
This is not a Casals edition, but rather one edited by students and disciplies of Casals. Marie Roemaet Rosanoff and Lieff Rosanoff feel they offer a representation of Casals’ teachings, and his tradition of performance as they remained in personal and artistic contact with Casals. Suite 5 does not use the original tuning (scordatura) but normal tuning.
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