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50730003 - Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor
Op. 33
by SAINT-SAENS, Charles-Camille (1835-1921) (Composer), BAILEY, Zuill (b. 1972) (Editor), SAINT-SAENS, Charles-Camille (1835-1921) (Piano Reduction)
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About Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor
Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Opus 33, was composed in 1872, along with his Cello Sonata No. 1, Opus 32.  It was dedicated to Auguste Tolbecque, a Belgian cellist, gambist, and instrument maker.  It was first performed in 1873 at a Conservatoire concert with Tolbecque as soloist, and has been widely played ever since.  Cellists sometimes performed only the second movement, a lovely minuet, before strict adherence to the score became a higher priority.

The concerto has received many accolades over the years.  Musicologist Sir Donald Francis Tovey wrote, “Here, for once, is a violoncello concerto in which the solo instrument displays every register without the slightest difficulty in penetrating the orchestra.”  Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich were fond of the piece.  In preparation for writing his own cello concerto, Shostakovich studied all the major cello concerti and decided that this concerto was his favorite.

Cello Concerto No. 1 is a staple for all cellists.  It is typically assigned to young cellists despite the fact that there are some highly virtuosic sections.  It is in no way a student concerto, however.  It is an expertly crafted piece that has intense drama and graceful beauty.
We are fortunate to have an edition that documents Zuill Bailey’s current bowings and fingerings, which are the product of decades of lessons learned while performing this wonderful piece.
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Violoncello(s) & Keyboard, Violoncello, Strings, Instrumental
Concerto/Instr Solo, French
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