Capriccio Espagnol: Cello
Cello. Composed by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908). Arranged by Richard Meyer. Classical. Part. 2 pages. Published by Alfred Music - Digital Sheet Music (AX.00-PC-0000960_VC1).
Item Number: AX.00-PC-0000960_VC1
Hailed by Tchaikovsky as "a colossal masterpiece of instrumentation", Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1887. The melodies used in the piece go back to themes sketched by the composer for a virtuoso work for solo violin and orchestra. After changing his mind, Rimsky decided to make the work a display piece for the entire orchestra. This arrangement features two sections of the original capriccio: the "Alborada" (morning serenade) in 2/4 and the "Fandango of the Asturias" (a dance traditionally played with guitar and castanet accompaniment) in 3/4. Tastefully arranged by Richard Meyer, Rimsky's flashy showpiece is now playable by the less-experienced orchestra.
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