Khachaturian - Concert for cello and orchestra (1946)


Khachaturian - Concert for cello and orchestra (1946). You can download the PDF sheet music Khachaturian - Concert for cello and orchestra (1946) on this page. This великолепное струнное composition - recognized masterpiece cello creations by the well-known composer. Aram Khachaturian wrote his Cello Concerto in E minor in 1946 for Sviatoslav Knushevitsky. It was the last of the three concertos he wrote for the individual members of a renowned Soviet piano trio that performed together from 1941 until 1963. Although the last written of the three, the Cello Concerto was the first one Khachaturian had considered writing, when he was a cello student at the Gnessin Institute. The work was premiered on 30 October 1946, in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, with the dedicatee Sviatoslav Knushevitsky as soloist. The conductor was Aleksandr Gauk.

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Cello part: 23 pages. 4355 K


Piano part: 94 pages. 24760 K


Orchestral score: 100 pages. 2736 K


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The Cello Concerto is the least known of the three concertos, and has not entered the core repertoire of cellists in the way the other two have for pianists and violinists. It has received relatively few recordings. The work is said to echo Khachaturian's painful experiences of war-time. It contains many allusions to folk material and dance rhythms such as the ashoug. It has been described as more of a symphony with cello than a cello concerto.

These three movements are:
  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Andante sostenuto - attacca
  3. Allegro (a battuta)
The opening movement contains sections of a brooding quality, and even quotes the Dies Irae. It is rhapsodic and changeable in its moods. It contains a lengthy cadenza but has little by way of thematic development. The central Andante has been described as 'introspective and melancholy', 'nocturnal and seductive', 'dramatic and stern', and 'menacing, oriental and melismatic'.

The third movement is full of bustle and tension. However, its energy level decreases until just near the end, when it concludes with a fast coda. The work was one of the reasons Khachaturian was ousted from the Composers Union, and he and other Soviet composers were denounced for formalism in the Zhdanov Decree of 1948.


 
 
     
 
 
 
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