The cello sonatas of Beethoven must be familiar to any lover of the instrument. But many people see these works as the logical product of a creative artist: first comes the inspiration, and then hard work takes care of the rest. So why are there no cello sonatas by Haydn or Mozart, for example? There seems to be no obvious answer, but therein lies the clue. The classical sonata, incorporating a genuine dialogue of instruments, had not yet achieved its definitive form by 1800. For the most part, the general public is full of praise for Beethoven’s symphonies, concerti, and quartets, but they forget that he was also virtually the first composer to produce a classical cello sonata….Download booklet
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