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#1 Banjogirl

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 15:15

My boy has unhelpfully asked for 'cello music' for Christmas. He's also decided that Beethoven is his new love. I'll obviously check with him before I buy, but does anyone have a particular favourite, or even another composer's music that's particularly nice? I see that Beethoven wrote more than one cello sonata, for example. Which is the nicest? He has a fair bit of standard repertoire and it would be nice to find him something a bit different. I got lots of great suggestions on here last year so I'm hopeful again!


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 15:39

Personally I like #3 in A... there is also the horn sonata which is available for cello.


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 16:00

Great. Thanks.


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 16:03

I didn't realise you can get them all in one book. Maybe that would be the way to go (and I wouldn't have to look for anything else, which would be a bonus!). I'm assuming that they're probably fairly standard repertoire? But i don't think he has any, or he didn't at the start of term anyway!


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 16:04

Would the Verlag or the Peters be better? Or doesn't it matter?


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Posted 27 November 2018 - 22:45

I'm not an expert on editions - I'd go for the most recent. Old editions often have uncorrected errors


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:45

Will do. Thank you so much.
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Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:59

I enjoy the Cello Sonatas by Brahms (Though Im not generally a Brahms fan).  Do not forget the Bach solo Cello suites.


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 16:49

Why not have a quiet word with his cello teacher? He/she will probably be only too pleased to suggest a "wish list". That will ensure that you get music that he will enjoy and is technically suitable. Personally, I think Beethoven's cello music can be a bit frustrating if you don't have a good pianist to play with.
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Posted 28 November 2018 - 18:52

I started the Beethoven earlier this year and found it a tad dry without a pianist and frustrating with one.

 

Depends what standard your son is of course but I can recommend the following. I've been playing them (with varying degrees of success) and they've been fun and challenging.

 

Shostakovich: Two Pieces - Adagio and Springtime Waltz

Philip Glass: Orbit

Schnittke: Sonatas and Musica Nostalgica

Prokoviev Sonata (fabulous cello intro)

Kabalevsky Studies in Major and Minor

Kabalevsky Sonata

Schubert Arpeggione Sonata

Lalo Sonata

 

and....Popper High School Studies! Every student should have this.

 

Failing that, trawl the syllabi.


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 19:54

If he wants something fun that doesn't need a pianist to complete the piece, I think Aaron Minsky's 2 books of pieces are great fun to have. I like all the other suggestions too.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 18:08

Some great suggestions. Thanks. He's in his first term at conservatoire so no chance of speaking to his teacher! But plenty of available pianists. He has one  Minsky book which he really liked but i didn't know there was a second so I might take a look at that. I didn't know there was a second. I've checked that he hasn't got the Beethoven ( he has the Bach already).

 

He has the Popper but I'm not sure they get used, or at least not any more than  he can get away with!


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