Piatti’s Twelve Caprices, op. 25, are the daily bread of all advanced players of the cello: Sir Yehudi Menuhin mentioned them in the same breath with the Bach Suites. Now Henle is presenting the very first urtext edition of this opus, with information on sources and alternative readings and with fold-out pages to solve the previously knotty problem of page turns.
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We do not know exactly how long it took Alfredo Piatti (1822–1901) to compose his Twelve Caprices for cello, op. 25, but we do know when they were completed, for he added the date Londra, 26 Giugno 1865 to his working manuscript. The exact same date, though in a different hand, also appears on the autograph fair copy that served as a production master for the first edition. … more
About the composer
An Italian cellist and composer. Described by Franz Liszt as the “Paganini of the cello,” he was among the most sought-after virtuosos on his instrument. Compositionally he devoted himself primarily to the cello, for which he wrote concerti, solo pieces, sonatas, and transcriptions of popular works.
|1822||Born in Bergamo on January 8, the son of an orchestra director. He receives his first musical instruction on the violin from his father, later from his great uncle Gaetano Zanetti on the cello.|
|1831||After his first concerts he is already deputising for his father in the orchestra.|
|1832||At the Milan Conservatory he becomes a pupil of Vincenzo Merighi.|
|1837||On September 21 he makes his debut in Milan.|
|1838||On April 7 he gives a concert at Milan’s La Scala.|
|1838–44||Concert tours throughout Europe.|
|1844||Under Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s direction he performs in London on June 24.|
|from 1846||He settles in London, where he shares the stage with, among others, Clara Schumann, Joseph Joachim, Edvard Grieg, Henry Vieuxtemps, and Hector Berlioz as well as the Joachim Quartet. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music.|
|1855||He hones his compositional skills with Bernhard Molique.|
|1875||His Twelve Capricci for Cello, op. 25, are published.|
|1901||Dies in Crocetto di Mozzo on July 19.|
This Urtext edition of the famous Piatti Caprices is a most welcome addition to the cellist's library. Henle is known as a publisher that strives for the most accurate and historically correct presentation of works, and this beautifully clean and readable edition, replete with fold-out pages that eliminate difficult page turns, continues that tradition.
... this latest urtext edition of the Caprices reproduces Piatti’s original bowings and fingerings. Practical suggestions regarding execution may be found at the end of the volume and the layout even considers page turns.