Eley: Three Duetts for Violin and Cello Op. 1, No. 1 in E-flat Major, No. 2 in G Major and No. 3 in A Major
C. F. Eley (1756-1832) was born in Hanover and in London was principal cellist for the Academy of Ancient Music, Covent Garden, etc. He also commanded the Band of the Coldstream Guards. The 3 Duetts for Violin and Cello Op. 1 were published in 1790.
The first movement of each duet is a sonata form and each slow movement is an Adagio. The finales of No. 1 and No. 3 are Rondos, while No. 2 is a sonata form finale.
Rare 18th and 19th Century Chamber Music including the Cello
In the late 1970s I acquired two bound volumes of duos for violin and cello. As a cellist, I was attracted to them since they were “duos concertante”, with the cello part equal to the violin part. There were 58 duos, with all the violin parts bound in one volume, and all the cello parts in the other.
I am offering many (but not all) of these duos in both facsimiles of the original (no scores were printed) and new performing editions by myself with scores and parts done on Finale. These editions will attempt to correct errors, resolve inconsistencies in dynamics, articulations, bowings, etc. However I will not supply such markings where there is no reason to do so, leaving that to the whim of the performers.