Cello Sonata (Sydeman, William Jay)

Sheet Music

Scores and Parts

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Rickshinozaki (2017/9/4)

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Publisher. Info. Arts Aeturnum Productions, 2012.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

3. Maestoso (as "Chant")

For Cello (Sloane)

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Arranger Marcia Sloane
Publisher. Info. Marcia Sloane, 2019.
Misc. Notes Arrangement of third movement for solo cello. Re-titled "Chant."
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General Information

Work Title Cello Sonata
Alternative. Title Sonata for Cello and Piano
Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 5
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements:
1. Maestoso
2. Allegro
3. Maestoso
4. Handelian allegro
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1984 ca.
Average DurationAvg. Duration 12 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation cello, piano

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The cello sonata initiates my 20-year Nevada City period. I wrote it for two musicians living there, one of whom (the pianist) retreated to Holland and never came back. I hope my sonata was not responsible for his headlong flight. It oughtn't have been, as it is essentially a mainstream piece which has enjoyed many performances since that time.

The first movement has a somewhat mysterious and (oddly enough) exalted quality. The second is quite bravura, mainly in the piano. The third has an inward spiritual quality, while the fourth is a fugue in the great tradition. A well-rounded showpiece for both instruments.

– W. Jay Sydeman