Variations on a well-liked theme, mainly
from contemporary operas, were extremely popular at the end of the 18th
century. Even the young Beethoven made several contributions to this
genre. We do not know of any concrete occasion for the composition of
the three cycles of Variations for Violoncello and Piano, they are on
two themes from Mozart's The Magic Flute and one from Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabaeus.
The number of reproductions at that time does, however, reveal that
they were very popular right from the beginning.
Romances, Op. 36 & 67. Edition for Cello and Piano.
Camille Saint-SaŽns composed his two Romances for Horn for two of the
most respected French horn players of the time: Opus 67 in E major from
1866 is dedicated to Henri Chaussier; Opus 36 in F major from 1874 was
written for Henri Garigue. Despite the illustrious recipients, they are
not virtuosic showpieces but - as the term Romance suggests - short "Songs without words" that fully savor the typical romantic sound of the
horn. Alongside the orchestral version, Saint-SaŽns also prepared a
piano accompaniment for chamber music performances. The first editions
also had an alternative part for cello, on which this edition is
based. Urtext edition with marked and unmarked string parts.
Although the Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70 was originally composed for horn, Schumann also wrote a version for cello. This edition includes piano fingerings by Klaus Schilde and cello fingerings by Sebastian Hess.
Like his father, C.P.E. Bach wrote three sonatas for viola da gamba. The
original register of the viola da gamba part permits a version for
viola, a practice that has been verified in the sources of the time. A
viola version is available as an alternative part in this Urtext
The genesis of Mendelssohn's string quintets is closely connected to his
friend Eduard Rietz and the latter's brother Julius. Deeply affected by
Eduard's death in 1832, Mendelssohn exchanged the "Minuetto" movement
in his A major Quintet op. 18, written six years previously, for a newly
composed adagio. It was in this form that the work was fi nally sent to
the publisher. The Quintet in B flat major was only published after
Mendelssohn's death; numerous, unauthorized entries by Julius Rietz thus
found their way into performance practice.
Divertimento KV 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusic" for String Quartet or Quintet
Mozart's "A Little Night Music" is one of the most popular works of classical music. This Urtext edition is based on the manuscript source. Includes parts for string quartet with double bass (doubles the cello).