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Alfred Schnittke: Cello Concerto No.1: Orchestra And Solo

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COMPOSER: Alfred Schnittke
PUBLISHER: Sikorski Edition
PRODUCT FORMAT: Study Score
Schnittke’s first cello concerto was written during a near fatal time in his life, after having suffered a severe stroke in 1985, during which his heart stopped three times. Upon recovery he completed the concerto, the musicbecoming more dissonant and discordant, with the melodies more contorted.
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Composer Alfred Schnittke
Publisher Sikorski Edition
Product Format Study Score
StylePeriodView Description Post 1901
ISMN 9790003016023
Instrumentation Orchestra And Solo
No. SIK1822
Number of pages 96
Description
Schnittke’s first cello concerto was written during a near fatal time in his life, after having suffered a severe stroke in 1985, during which his heart stopped three times. Upon recovery he completed the concerto, the musicbecoming more dissonant and discordant, with the melodies more contorted.

The first cello concerto was a monumental endeavor for large orchestra, and approximately 40 minutes in duration. The work was written forSchnittke’s close friend, Russian cellist Natalia Gutman. The solo part is most feverish and virtuosic, exhausting the performer both technically and emotionally. The last, fourth, movement creates an unusualstructuralprogression, ending in what feels like a celestial, hymn-like prayer. Schnittke himself said: Suddenly I was given this finale from somewhere, and I’ve just written it down.

Available here is the studyscore for Schnittke’s emotionally and technically demanding Cello Concerto No.1. This Sikorski edition study score is well presented, and provides an excellent resource for study or perusal use.
Songlist
  • 1. Cello Concerto No.1
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