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HN1469

Strauss: Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6

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  • Composer: Richard Strauss
  • Editor: Peter Jost
  • Fingering: Michael Korstick
  • Instrumentation: Piano, Cello
  • ISMN: 979-020181469-8
  • Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
  • Urtext / Critical Edition

Description

Aside from the Piano Quartet, Op. 13 and the Violin Sonata, Op. 18, the Cello Sonata, Op. 6 numbers among the most mature works of chamber music from Strauss' early œuvre. The influences of Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms are noticeable, while leaving sufficient space for a very personal tonal language, often with surprising rhythmic and harmonic turns of phrase. Strauss subjected the first version completed in early 1881 to a radical revision over the winter of 1882/83; the opening movement was thoroughly reworked, the two subsequent movements rewritten completely. It was worth it, because after the premiere in Dresden, the composer wrote to his mother, "My sonata garnered extraordinary acclaim, the applause was enormous, congratulations came to me from all sides."