Take a ride on the underground railroad with these three traditional spirituals from the rails. This piece gives everyone a chance to play melodic material as well as providing interesting harmonic material in this rhythmic workout in G major. Cellists will venture into second position; upper strings stay in first. The piece starts with dissonant driving double stops that imitate a train whistle and other rhythmic train-like figures make the transitions between tunes.
Berceuse in D major, Op. 16 for Cello and Piano. Originally composed in 1878-79 for violin and piano, this beautiful melody has been transcribed for the cello and provides the perfect complement for studying any of Fauré's cello works.
"Le Carnaval russe" Op. 11 is one of the most spectacular compositions by Henryk Wieniawski. Filled with folk atmosphere and full of brilliant virtuosity, it blends the 19th century tradition of violin carnivals started by Niccolo Paganini in the "Carnival of Venice" Op. 10, which later inspired other violinist - composers. (from the Introduction)