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Fantasia I in G for Violoncello solo, op. 77d1 (1952)


Fantasia I in G beginning


First performance: July 31, 1983 Egeskov (Denmark), Schloss
Julius Berger

Dedication: for Cornelius

Duration: 6 Minutes

Publisher: N. Simrock Hamburg-London (Boosey & Hawkes) ISMN M-2211-0906-4

Challenge classics CC 72376



September 1985 Musical Opinion

A short one-movement work for solo 'cello. As with most unaccompanied 'cello work technically demanding for the performer yet is a highly effective piece and well worth the time taken to master is various Complexities. The style is rhapsodic, almost improvisatory, with great rhythmic fluidity and bars of constantly varying length. Although tonally quite free, there are landmarks for the listener in the form of repeated motives and the overall structure is clear with obvious recapitulation of the opening material in the last section. This work is well-written for the instrument and is recommended as a useful addition to a performer's repertoire.

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