Saint-Saens - Suite Op. 16b and Romance Op.67 for Cello and Piano (Urtext)
  • Saint-Saens - Suite Op. 16b and Romance Op.67 for Cello and Piano (Urtext)
  • Saint-Saens - Suite Op. 16b and Romance Op.67 for Cello and Piano (Urtext)
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Suite Op.16 was originally composed in 1862 for cello and piano by the young Saint-Saens, full of life and passion. In 1919, he orchestrated 3 of the movements from the 1862 Suite and replaced the third (Scherzo) and fifth (Finale) movements with a Gavotte and Tarantella (Tarentelle), respectively. The 1919 version is still full of youthful passion, but is now brilliantly orchestrated by the mature Saint-Saens. The present edition is the first of its kind to be available for sale, including the original Gavotte (in G minor, where the English horn replaces the oboe) and the Romance Op. 67 for horn/cello. The primary source for our critical edition is the manuscript of the orchestral score in Saint-Saens's hand, graciously provided by the Martha Blakeney Hodges Collection at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, National Library of France (BnF), and Stiftelsen Musikkulturens Främjande (The Nydahl Collection). The secondary sources were the Hamelle orchestra score (published in 1919) and the cello solo/piano reduction (also published by Hamelle). There are several differences between the sources that are noted in the footnotes of the score. It is the publisher's hope that the present Suite will become a staple in the cellists' concerto repertoire. This set includes horn in E and F parts for the Romance, Op. 67.

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