03 June 2013

Franck's Sonata for Cello and Piano

The Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano by César Franck is one of his best known compositions, and considered one of the finest sonatas for violin and piano ever written. It is an amalgam of his rich native harmonic language with the Classical traditions he valued highly, held together in a cyclic framework....

The Violin Sonata in A exists in versions for cello, viola, flute, alto saxophone, tuba, organ with choir, violin and strings, and violin and orchestra. However, the setting for cello and piano was the only alternative version sanctioned by Franck. It is believed that the work was first conceived as a sonata for cello and piano and only later reset for violin and piano.

Music License: Public Domain
Image: Belgian-French composer César Franck (1822-1890) photographed by Pierre Petit (1832-1909)

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