Instrumentation

solo vlc - fl.cl.bsn - pno - 2 vln.vla.db

Availability

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.

Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments

Seligman Performing Arts Center (Franklin, MI, USA)

Adrian Brendel, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, Paul Watkins

Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments

Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College (Oxford, United Kingdom)

Gabriella Swallow, Members of the Oxford Sinfonietta, Peter Bassano

Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments

Worcester Cathedral (Worcester, United Kingdom)

Members of the English SO, William Boughton

Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments

St James's Church, Piccadilly (London, United Kingdom)

New Art Ensemble

Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments

Royal College of Music (London, United Kingdom)

Naomi Williams (cello), RCM Contemporary Consort, Thomas Blunt