Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata is possibly the most beautiful, but certainly one of the most-played cello sonatas of all time. However, it wasn’t actually written for cello, but for the arpeggione, a cross between a guitar and a cello that sounds like a baroque viola. Very much in keeping with the theme ‘The Cello Takes Over’!
Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne is an arrangement four times removed and a piece with Dutch, not Italian roots, originally written by Unico van Wassenaer, not Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.
Ravel’s sonata for violin and piano – known for its bluesy second movement – was rarely played on cello until more recent times. After this Biennale, it could become the new Arpeggione Sonata!
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