Faganel, Gal

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Krawitz, Justin

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Fulks, Jubal


Cello Performance


University of Northern Colorado

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Greeley (Colo.)


University of Northern Colorado

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131 pages

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Born digital


The twenty-first century boasts a vast repertoire of solo cello pieces. While many editions might feature phrase markings and other performance indications by the composer, they rarely include bowing indications, fingerings, and other practical advice. Due to the diversity and sometimes technical difficulty of the twenty-first-century solo cello repertoire, most new works now include guidelines or performance guides written by the composer or first performer. I have selected three pieces according to the following criteria: no performance guide is currently available; the published score lacks editorial guidance on performance issues such as bowing and fingering; and no commercially available recording has yet been released. These three pieces are: Lera Auerbach’s La Suite dels Ocells (Suite of the birds), Olli Mustonen’s Frei, aber einsam (Free, but lonely), and Giovanni Sollima’s La Folia. This document provides valuable background information about the above-mentioned composers and their compositions, a performance guide with fingerings and bowings for the works selected for this study, interviews with the composers and the cellists who gave the world premiere of these works, and recordings of these pieces. I have also compiled what aims to be a complete catalog of all published works for solo cello written between 2000 and 2020.

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