O Traurigkeit : cello concerto
by Ian Munro (2006)
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Based on J.S. Bach's four-part setting of the Lutheran chorale of the same name, O Traurigkeit (O Sadness) evokes the spirit of Bach's chorales, and also of his cello suites - the first great works for this queen of string instruments.
The composer writes: 'Bach's practice in his Chorale Preludes for organ was to draw from the hymns a deeper significance, musical and textual, and to weave around it his own florid genius, extending and deepening the sense of the original. What I find most extraordinary is the modest grace in which the most powerful thoughts are expressed, as though the entirety of the Romantic movement were an unnecessary indulgence. Such music has shown itself to be ageless, and speaks to us still with beauty and authority.'
Instrumentation: solo cello, harp, timpani & string orchestra
Duration: 13 min.
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