Sibelius Theme and Variations
For solo cello, D minor. Includes notes on historical background, style and structure, concert performances and recordings.
Carols for Solo Cello
For advanced players, these arrangements incorporate double stops, chords and ornamentation to embellish the solo line with its own accompaniment. Contents: Silent Night (Franz Gruber), O Come All Ye Faithful, What Child Is This, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam), Joy to the World
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.
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