Mozart’s Keyboard Music Transcribed For Cello

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The subject of transcribing piano music for cello is dealt with on its own dedicated page (click on the highlighted link). When we take the melodic line out of a Mozart piano sonata and give it to the cello, then the accompaniment that is left is very sparse and simple. Probably too simple for an accomplished pianist, who might well be both bored at having to take such a minor role as well as offended at having to accompany the thief who stole their beautiful piece from them. For this reason, the accompaniments to these sonata movements would probably be best suited to guitar or harp except for the fact that there are normally – in the faster first and third movements – some quite fast articulated passages which may be impossible or very difficult on those plucked instruments. Perhaps then the ideal accompaniment for the faster movements is after all with the piano, while we will prefer the guitar (or harp) for the divine slow movements. The accompaniments offered here are simple skeletons that we can adapt to whichever instrument that might be playing them. We can even play these movements as cello duos!


Sonata K545 in C major (complete)         Rondo Alla Turca (from Piano Sonata K331)

Adagio from Sonata K332            Adagio from Sonata K576