Francoeur - Sonata for cello and piano


Francoeur - Sonata for cello and piano. You can download the PDF sheet music Francoeur - Sonata for cello and piano on this page. This sonata is a very beautiful composition of a great master of music. Francoeur is sometimes categorised amongst the "Classical-era" composers who avoided the "classical style of Haydn and Mozart". The surviving music of Francoeur, though contemporary with that of Haydn and Mozart, shows relatively few of the courtly mannerisms that abound in classical music directly sponsored by royalty. Rather, it has more of an "advanced Rococo" character, spicing strings with creative use of wind instruments. This kind of music seems to have been especially favoured by the rising bourgeoisie and lesser aristocracy in mercantile centres like London, Hamburg, Frankfurt as well as Paris, who provided an increasing market for musical composition.
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Cello part: 6 pages. 307 K


Piano part: 18 pages. 653 K


Instrument part - First page Piano part - First page


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François Francoeur (1698 – 1787) was a French composer and violinist. His surviving compositions, include two books of violin sonatas, 10 operas and some ballets, created jointly with François Rebel. Thus he is often quoted as a relatively rare case of collaboration in musical composition. A sicilienne and rigaudon were initially attributed to him, in a publication by Fritz Kreisler, but were eventually revealed to be the work of Kreisler himself.
Especial emphasis is placed on the above recordings for musicological as well as aesthetic reasons. In the transition from ages relatively little interested in earlier music to an age where a professional specialization in "ancient music" has arisen, composers like Francoeur, who had relatively modest instrumental production or did not in other ways attract special professional attention, have often remained in obscurity. It is easy to see from Francoeur's inventiveness and infectious rhythmic drive why he was esteemed in his lifetime. Had Louis XVI had him as a music instructor earlier in his life, instead of, as biographers suggest, a musical mediocrity who chilled his interest in the violin, he might have become a royal composer like Frederick the Great of Prussia.


 
 
     
 
 
 
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