Suck, August: Tarantella for Cello and Piano (1879)
August Suck (ca. 1830-1921) pronounced “Sook”, came to the U.S. in the 1850s. With cellist Wulf Fries, he published a cello tutor in 1879, reissued in 1901. In 1881 he became a founding member of the Boston Symphony. The Tarantella for Cello and Piano came from an archive of Suck manuscripts. See Music by August Suck for a fuller biography of the composer/cellist.
The Tarantella is one of many 19th century tarantellas, written for many solo instruments and orchestra, in a rondo form, fast 6/8 time, a minor key and with major key middle sections. Of intermediate difficulty, with only a few excursions into tenor clef.
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