Jean Claude Wolff

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Sonata for 8 cellos


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"The work, finished in December 2004, is made of three linked movements : Andante, Allegro, Allegro/Andante.

It is built on the basis of an eleven pitches series (an unconscious memory of the Musical Offering Thema Regium?), which creates a sound world close to Schönberg's last works (one especially thinks of the string trio).

What is striking in this sonata is the controlled lyricism, the deep beauty of the sound, the genuine modesty, the sense of the litotes."

Michel Meynaud, composer, teacher at the National School of Music in Beauvais



Audio sample : performed by the Beauvais Cello Ensemble,
conductor Jacques Bernaert.