At the end of the eighteenth century, cellist and composer Jean-Baptiste Bréval wrote not only virtuosic concerti for his instrument, but also easier sonatas and duets that still belong to the core repertoire of pedagogical cello literature. Opening with impressive chords, the Sonata in C-major op. 40 no. 1 also offers beginners the chance to savour beautiful melodies and master smaller shifts in position.
The Parisian first edition of 1799 leaves the choice of accompanying instrument open. For this reason, this Urtext edition offers several options: a two-part score from which a second cello may comfortably provide accompaniment during lessons, as well as a moderate setting for piano that may be used in concerts. Rounding off this starter kit for cello literature is a carefully marked solo part.
- Sonata no. 1 C major op. 40
The Parisian cellist Jean-Baptiste Bréval (1753 – 1823) composed around 190 works, with a focus on chamber music (cf. Richard J. Viano, Jean-Baptiste Bréval (1753 – 1823), Life, Milieu and Chamber Works, vol. I, doctoral thesis, New York/Ann Arbor, 1983). As the author of the pedagogical treatise Traité du Violoncelle (Paris, 1804) and a composer of numerous concertos, … more