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Sonata For Cello And Piano

By Einojuhani Rautavaara

Cello and piano
Composed by Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-). Published by Fennica Gehrman (FG.042-07767-2).

Item Number: FG.042-07767-2

ISBN 979-0-042-07767-2.

Rautavaara made early sketches for his Cello Sonata in 1974, but did not complete it until 1991. The opening movement is a dramatic dialogue between the two instruments, created around symmetrical melodic and harmonic figures. The second movement opens with a cello solo in which a twelve-note row is subjected to abundant note-repetitions. The finale starts from peaceful beginnings, gathers tempo but recedes into the original shades of the opening dialogue.

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  • September 07, 2019 Handwritten Score

    It pains me to do this. It’s an incredible piece and the cello part is perfectly fine. But I literally cannot ask a pianist to perform this with me considering the score is a scan of a handwritten copy. It’s neat and I’m assuming in the composer...

    ’s hand- which makes it a nice thing to look at or refer to- but seeing as it did not include an actual printed copy, this is effectively worthless for performance.

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