Cello Concerto (Myaskovsky)

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Nikolai Myaskovsky composed his Cello Concerto in C minor, Op. 66, during the years 1944–45. It ranks among the few works of the composer that is to be found most frequently in concert or on recordings.

Background[edit]

The concerto was written for Sviatoslav Knushevitsky, one of Myaskovsky's great champions, who premiered it in Moscow on 17 March 1945.[1] The first recording, however, was made by Mstislav Rostropovich in 1956.[2]

Structure[edit]

The concerto is in two movements:

  1. Lento ma non troppo – Andante – Tempo I
  2. Allegro vivace – Piu marcato – Meno mosso – Tempo I

The total duration of the concerto amounts to about 25 minutes. The piece is among the late works of the composer, and among its melodies appear Russian folk songs.[citation needed]


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