FOR THE CURIOUS CELLIST

Mozart Violin Sonata K380

In spite of the fact that Eb major can be an uncomfortable key on the cello, this sonata is quite playable in its original key.

FIRST MOVEMENT

A note has been added to the octave double-stop in bars 1and 5 (and the parallel passages in the recapitulation bars 99 and 103) to allow it to be played as a chord.

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SECOND MOVEMENT

No notes have been changed in this movement.

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THIRD MOVEMENT

This rollicking 6/8 rondo is not easy-to-play music. Even when we transpose all the high register passages down an octave (as in the “Easier Version”), this movement still remains difficult because of the need for fast virtuosic playing (bars 116-140) as well as the frequent use of  spiccato, complex articulations (bowings), tricky ornaments etc. The only note change in this movement is the revoicing of the chord in bar 189.

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