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Programme Notes: Sergei Rachmaninoff Sonata for piano and cello (transcribed for viola), Op. 19

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Dear Music Explorers,

Today we share with you some information on the 3rd piece of music that will be played on 7 April at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

Sergei Rachmaninoff Sonata for piano and cello (transcribed for viola), Op. 19

As a celebrated pianist and composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff has a small output of chamber music work.

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19, a sonata for cello and piano, was completed in November 1901 and published a year later. As typical of sonatas in the Romantic period, it has four movements.

In the programme on 7 April at the Museum of Art, the last two movements of the sonata will be featured. The sonata has been transcribed for viola, the transcription utilizes the whole range of the viola, it explores the bass, cello-like quality of low register and the sweet, brilliant and singing like high register. Most of the themes are introduced by the piano, while they are embellished and expanded in the cello/viola’s part.

Rachmaninoff dedicated his sonata to Anatoliy Brandukov, who gave the first performance in Moscow with the composer at the piano, on December 2, 1901.

Sergie Rachmaninoff

Don't forget: If you would like to increase your enjoyment of the concert, search for this piece of music on utube and listen to it beforehand.

Have a good day, hope your mood isn't too affected by the rain.

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