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SONATA, OPUS 5, NO.8
Cellists will recognise this music as the well known and well loved 'Corelli
sonata in d minor'. Corelli actually wrote this sonata for violin, in the
key of e minor. It is one of a set of 12 violin sonatas.
This edition transposes the sonata to the key of a minor, which places the
music in the same relationship to the cello fingerboard as the original
had on the violin. The original key of e minor is the key of the highest
string on the violin. This cello edition, in a minor, is in the key of the
highest string on the cello. The original sonata lies in the lower positions
of the violin, never going high on the E string. This edition for the cello
lies in the neck positions of the cello, never going high on the A string.
Transposition to the key of a minor does not transform the sonata into an
'easy' piece. It has stylistic and technical difficulties, which are inherent
in the music itself. It is generally on an Intermediate playing level. The
piano realization of the figured bass is in simple Baroque style.
The entire first movement is given in two versions. One line is the original
melody. Another line is the melody with written-out embellishments. To write
out embellishments contradicts the improvisational nature of Baroque embellishment
but, by offering them here, those not skilled with embellishments can become
familiar with how they might be done
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