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Fitelberg - Sonata for unaccompanied 'cello.

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By Jerzy Fitelberg

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Composed by Jerzy Fitelberg (1903-1951). Arranged by Yuriy Leonovich. 20th Century, Modern. Score. 28 pages. Published by YL (S0.653209).

Item Number: S0.653209

Jerzy Fitelberg (1903-1951) was a Polish-Jewish composer who was naturalized as an American citizen in 1937. His father was the famous conductor Grzerorz Fitelberg. Jerzy wrote his Unaccompanied Cello Sonata in 1945. It is unknown whether the work was intended for Stefan Auber or Gregor Piatigorsky, but Fitelberg chose Piatigorsky to edit the Sonata for the second publication. The Sonata was first published in manuscript form by the Russian-American Music Publishers in 1945, and subsequently in typeset form by Omega Music Edition in 1948. Fitelberg's Sonata is about 16 minutes long, although the composer writes "12.5 minutes" at the bottom of the last page. The four-movement work has two slow and two fast movements. The second half of the finale is a reprise of the first movement. The Sonata is tonal, but not functional. It is very idiomatic for the cello. Fitelberg relies on quartal, quintal, octatonic, and whole-tone motives. 

The present edition includes a critical section with footnotes, based on the 2 publications, as well as a section with fingerings and bowings provided by the editor. The editor would like to thank Stacey Krim (and the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections), the New York Public Library, and Carol Merrill-Mirsky (and the Piatigorsky Archives) for helping him in the preparation of this edition.

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