At the beginning of the 1870s, Saint-Saëns showed a particular fondness for the cello. He completed his first cello sonata in December 1872, immediately after finishing his first cello concerto. The sonata is strongly reminiscent of Beethoven, not only due to the key of c minor but also predominantly on account of its gripping dramatic art. The exceptional position of this demanding, in parts highly virtuosic sonata was quickly recognised by the public and critics and so the work soon found its way into concert repertoire.
This edition contains both marked and unmarked string parts.