Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments
- solo cello and chamber ensemble of 8 players
- Mixed Chamber Ensemble, Solo Instrument with Ensemble
- solo vlc - fl.cl.bsn - pno - 2 vln.vla.db
Commissioned by Faber Music Ltd for its Millennium Series. Huw Watkins was nominated by Thomas Ades.
- First Performance
- 18.3.99, Purcell Room, London: Paul Watkins/Nash Ensemble/Martyn Brabbins
Score 0-571-51924-5 on sale, parts for hire
- Programme Notes
Huw Watkins’ Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments was composed for his brother, Paul, to perform with the Nash Ensemble. Its first movement is a vigorous Allegro in sonata form. The cello plays almost continuously throughout the movement, resting only in the more lyrical, central section. In the second movement the cello assumes a lyrical character against the austere background provided by the woodwind. The last movement is another Allegro which dissolves in a recapitulatory coda after reaching its climax. Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments is a Faber Music Millennium Series commission. Huw Watkins was nominated by Thomas Adès.