French Cello Sonatas, 1871-1939

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Lilliput Press, 2001 - Cello music - 322 pages
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The years between the end of the Franco-Prussian War and the start of World War II witnessed a renaissance of French instrumental music and an evolution from the elegance of Saint-Saens to Debussy's revolutionary style and beyond. This study surveys 97 published cello sonatas and 30 unpublished sonatas written by French composers during this period. Sensbach presents the historical background for each piece and provides biographies of the composers, as well as the biographies of cellists and pianists of the period. For each sonata there is a brief description of the movement and the technical aspects that cover the form, style and level of difficulty for the performers. Where possible there are also excerpts of original reviews and comments from composers' letters. This book should be of interest to those interested in the music of Debussy and Ravel, and of the European cultural history of the time.

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Contents

Unpublished Cello Sonatas
251
Untraced Cello Sonatas
271
Sonatas by Foreign Composers in France
284
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