Cello sonata

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Alisa Weilerstein performs Zoltán Kodály's Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8 – 3. Allegro molto vivace at the White House Evening of Classical Music on November 4, 2009.

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Franz Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata – 1. Allegro Moderato, performed in a transcription for cello and piano by Hans Goldstein (cello) and Clinton Adams (piano)

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A cello sonata is usually a sonata written for cello and piano, though other instrumentations are used, such as solo cello. The most famous Romantic-era cellos sonatas are those written by Johannes Brahms and Ludwig van Beethoven. Some of the earliest cello sonatas were written in the 18th century by Francesco Geminiani and Antonio Vivaldi.

(The following list contains cello sonatas with or without accompanying instruments. See the See also list for more comprehensive lists divided up into solo and accompanied works.)

List of major cello sonatas[edit]

Chronology of major cello sonatas[edit]

The following list (inevitably incomplete) tries to place the major sonatas and equivalent works for cello and piano or cello solo in chronological order of completion. It will be susceptible to uncertainty of dates, and whether original or revised versions are definitive.

Year Composer Work Key Opus
1697 Giuseppe Maria Jacchini Sonata No. 3 C major Op. 3
1717-23 Johann Sebastian Bach 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites G, D minor, C
E, C minor & D
early 18th century - 1739 Benedetto Marcello At least 12 Cello Sonatas
early 18th century - 1741 Antonio Vivaldi At least 9 Cello Sonatas
1760s - 1805 Luigi Boccherini At least 19 Cello Sonatas
1796 Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 1 F major Op. 5, No. 1
1796 Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2 G minor Op. 5, No. 2
1807-8 Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 3 A major Op. 69
1815 Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 4 C major Op. 102, No. 1
1815 Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 5 D major Op. 102, No. 2
1838 Felix Mendelssohn Cello Sonata No. 1 B major Op. 45
1842-3 Felix Mendelssohn Cello Sonata No. 2 D major Op. 58
1846 Frédéric Chopin Cello Sonata G minor Op. 65
1856 Édouard Lalo Cello Sonata A minor
1862-5 Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 E minor Op. 38
1872-3 Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Sonata No. 1 C minor Op. 32
1883 Edvard Grieg Cello Sonata A minor Op. 36
1883 Richard Strauss Cello Sonata F major Op. 6
1886 Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 F major Op. 99
1892 Max Reger Cello Sonata No. 1 F minor Op. 5
1898 Max Reger Cello Sonata No. 2 G minor Op. 28
1899 Ernő Dohnányi Cello Sonata B major Op. 8
1901 Sergei Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata G minor Op. 19
1904 Max Reger Cello Sonata No. 3 F major Op. 78
1905 Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Sonata No. 2 F major Op. 123
1907 Zoltán Kodály Cello Sonata Op. 4
1907 Charles-Marie Widor Cello Sonata A major Op. 80
1910 Max Reger Cello Sonata No. 4 A minor Op. 116
1910-11 Albéric Magnard Cello Sonata A major Op. 20
1911 Nikolai Myaskovsky Cello Sonata No. 1 D major Op. 12
1912 Max Reger Cello Suites 1, 2 and 3 G, D minor
& A minor
Op. 131
1913 Dora Pejačević Cello Sonata E minor Op. 35
1915 Claude Debussy Cello Sonata D minor L. 135
1915 Zoltán Kodály Solo Cello Sonata Op. 8
1916 Frederick Delius Cello Sonata D minor
1913-17 Frank Bridge Cello Sonata D minor
1917 Gabriel Fauré Cello Sonata No. 1 D minor Op. 109
1921 Gabriel Fauré Cello Sonata No. 2 G minor Op. 117
1923 Paul Hindemith Solo Sonata for Cello Op. 25 No. 3
1923 John Ireland Cello Sonata G minor
1929 Béla Bartók Rhapsody for Cello and Piano Sz 87
1932 Samuel Barber Cello Sonata C minor Op. 6
1932-33 Igor Stravinsky Suite Italienne for cello and piano
1934 Dmitri Shostakovich Cello Sonata D minor Op. 40
1938 Nikolai Myaskovsky Cello Sonata No. 2 Op. 81
1939 Bohuslav Martinů Cello Sonata No. 1
1941 Bohuslav Martinů Cello Sonata No. 2
1948 Francis Poulenc Cello Sonata Op 143
1948 Elliott Carter Cello Sonata
1949 Sergei Prokofiev Cello Sonata C major Op. 119
1949 Alan Rawsthorne Cello Sonata
1952 Bohuslav Martinů Cello Sonata No. 3
1956-57 Ernest Bloch Cello Suites 1, 2 and 3
1961 Benjamin Britten Cello Sonata C major
1962 Dmitry Kabalevsky Cello Sonata B major Op. 71
1964 Benjamin Britten Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 G major Op. 72
1966 Karen Khachaturian Cello Sonata
1967 Benjamin Britten Suite for Cello Solo No. 2 D major Op. 80
1971 Benjamin Britten Suite for Cello Solo No. 3 Op. 87
1978 Alfred Schnittke Cello Sonata

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