Three Sketches


by Jonathan Harvey

solo cello
Written for Frances-Marie Uitti
First Performance
18.2.91, Berlin Festival: Francis-Marie Uitti

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Programme Notes
These three short pieces were written for and explore the extraordinary creative virtuosity of Frances-Marie Uitti. The cello’s G string is replaced by a second D string. In the second movement the D strings are slightly de-tuned, and in the third movement the two lower strings are tuned to low B flat and C the ninth above. The cello assumes several roles, mostly distant from the high-art lyricist of the nineteenth century: rough rhythmist, folkloric peasant, baroque viol, ethereal spirit, gourmet of artistic curiosities.

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Harvey’s Cello

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'Three Sketches' reviews

'The craftsmanship bears the stamp of individuality and superior development… Three Sketches, for solo cello, demand of the performer displays of virtuosity, at the instruments upper extremes especially, that have one listening jaw adroop.' Fanfare Magazine (Mike Silverton), July/August 1993 Read more

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