Cello Concerto


Listen to "Daydream"

Natalia Vilchis, Cello
(MP3, 4.5 MB, 4:45)

Listen to "Seashore"
Natalia Vilchis, Cello
(MP3, 4.5 MB, 4:45)

Listen to Cascades
Natalia Vilchis, Cello
(MP3, 3.5 MB, 3:30)

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Cello solo

Violins 1
Violins 2
Double Basses

Total Timing: 13 Minutes

Daydream on a Thanksgiving Chorale — a sort of fantasia on a hymn-like tune — introduces the Cello Concerto. The opening chorale, stated by the strings, concludes with the violas commencing the first "variation" — a canon in 5/8 time. This brief canon rises until it resolves on a C-Major chord, and the entrance of the cello. The canonic material is reworked and reprised over the next few pages — the cello offers a brief cadenza — and then the second "variation" is presented. This slower and somewhat pensive section is succeeded by brisk and sunny "strolling music." The canon returns — in variation — and the music grows increasingly animated until the movement concludes with a reminder of the chorale tune. The daydream vanishes.

In A Song from the Seashore the undulating primary theme — played by the strings alone — precedes a "medieval" exchange between the cello and strings, then a more virtuosic episode for the cello. The movement is then reversed: the modal B Section returns, followed by a variation on the primary theme — the cello joining in before the conclusion.

Following a cadenza-like introduction, the driving primary theme of Cascades is introduced by the cello. This theme is quickly developed until a little fugue blooms. This fugue subject-and-answer resolves into a waltz-like episode, which is in turn succeeded by a jaunty skip. The fugue subject appears once more, followed by a revisitation of the theme, leading to a rousing conclusion.