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Daniel Müller-Schott looks at the importance of connection, colour and line in the work’s third movement

Teaching & Playing

From Franck Violin Sonata in A major. Urtext edition, version for violoncello, paperbound with marked and unmarked string part. Editor Peter Jost; pf fingering Klaus Schilde, vc fingering Christian Poltéra. Order no. HN 570, ISMN 979-0-2018-0570-2, €24.50. Printed with permission of G. Henle Verlag, Munich © 2013

In December 1887, one year after Franck wrote this Violin Sonata as a wedding gift for Eugene Ysaye, it was played in a concert at the Société nationale de musique in Paris. By chance, cellist Jules Desart was performing at that same event, as part of a string quartet. When he heard Franck’s music, he was so fascinated by it that he asked for permission to transcribe it for cello. The composer agreed, and the resulting arrangement was published in 1888.

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We mark 100 years of Elgar’s Cello Concerto and examine Sgarabotto’s violins. Plus interviews Boris Kuschnir, Daniel Müller-Schott and Richard Tognetti, and our annual Cremona supplement.