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Cello Concerto No. 9 (Boccherini)

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Luigi Boccherini's Cello Concerto No. 9 in B-flat Major, G. 482, was written in either the late 1760s or early 1770s. Boccherini, a talented cellist, composed twelve concertos for his instrument. In 1895 German cellist Friedrich Grützmacher chose this concerto to be arranged to fit the style of a Romantic virtuoso concerto, and in this form, widely heard, it bears only a tenuous resemblance to the original manuscript.[1]

The Boccherini Ninth Cello Concerto has long been an integral part of standard cello instruction, because of creeping use of the full 4+ octave range of the cello, rather than large jumps between different finger positions.

Grützmacher merged Boccherini's Ninth Cello Concerto with other Boccherini Cello Concertos.[1][2] Besides the extensive cuts in the outer movements, Grützmacher decided to rid the Concerto of its original second movement, replacing it with that of the Seventh Cello Concerto (in G Major, G.480). The Fourth Cello Concerto (In C Major, G.477) makes an appearance in bars 40-46 of the first movement, and in bars 85-96 and 151-163 of the Rondo, borrowing from the respective movements. The arpeggios of the Fifth Cello Concerto's (in D Major, G478) first movement are featured in their minor form in bars 47-53 of the first movement. Grützmacher also took the liberty of writing his own cadenzas. Despite all the changes, this Concerto holds up as one of Boccherini's best-known works.

Pablo Casals, Pierre Fournier, Janos Starker, and Jacqueline du Pré all made recordings of the Grützmacher version of the Concerto.[3][better source needed] Maurice Gendron[4] and Yo-Yo Ma[5][better source needed] have made recordings of the original work. The two works are distinguished by their origin: Original vs. arr. Grützmacher.



  1. ^ a b Scott, Mary-Grace (August 1984). "Boccherini's B flat Cello Concerto: A reappraisal of the sources". Early Music. 12 (3): 355–357. doi:10.1093/earlyj/12.3.355.
  2. ^ Carlos Prieto; Elena C. Murray; Álvaro Mutis (2011). The Adventures of a Cello. Texas, USA: University of Texas Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0292773394.
  3. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. Vol. 79, no. 46. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 18 November 1967. p. 76. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 24 February 1962. p. 30. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Simply Baroque II". Sony. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.

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