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Cello Concerto (Elgar)

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Sir Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar (trans. Douglas McLain)

This work bears the designation Opus 85.

General Info

Year: 1919 / 2013
Duration: c. 30:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Cello and orchestra
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €260.00   |   Score Only (print) - €64.00


1. Adagio – Moderato – c. 8:00
2. Lento – Allegro molto c. 4:30
3. Adagio – c. 4:50
4. Allegro – Moderato – Allegro, ma non-troppo – Poco più lento – Adagio c. 11:30


Full Score
Solo Cello
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Solo Clarinet A I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass



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Program Notes

Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire. Elgar composed it in the aftermath of the First World War, when his music had already gone out of fashion with the concert-going public. In contrast with Elgar's earlier Violin Concerto, which is lyrical and passionate, the Cello Concerto is for the most part contemplative and elegiac.

The October 1919 premiere was a debacle because Elgar and the performers had been deprived of adequate rehearsal time. The work did not achieve wide popularity until the 1960s, when a recording by Jacqueline du Pré caught the public imagination and became a classical best-seller. Elgar made two recordings of the work with Beatrice Harrison as soloist. Since then, leading cellists from Pablo Casals onward have performed the work in concert and in the studio.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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