Tchaikovsky: Round Robin Rococo for quartet of cello soloists

Tchaikovsky: Round Robin Rococo for quartet of cello soloists: each plays a few variations
Tchaikovsky Round Robin RococoTchaikovsky Round Robin Rococo

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Tchaikovsky Round Robin Rococo

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4 Celli.  This innovative idea was thought up for the Bernard Greenhouse 90th birthday celebration in Greensboro NC in 2005.  Again the Fitzenhagen version, all players get to play a few variations, in round robin fashion; the 3 cello accompaniment is shared among the other 3 players.  Difficult.  Score and 4 parts; solo part is not included.

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Recording is from initial theme.

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{tab=Composition Notes} From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Variations on a Rococo theme for violoncello and orchestra was the closest Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ever came to writing a full concerto for cello and orchestra. The style was inspired by Mozart, Tchaikovsky's role model, and makes it clear that Tchaikovsky admired the Classical style very much. However, one should note that the Thema is not Rococo in origin, but actually an original theme.

Tchaikovsky wrote this piece for and with the help of Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, a German cellist and fellow-professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Fitzenhagen gave the premiere in Moscow on December 30, 1877, with Nikolai Rubinstein conducting. This was perhaps the only hearing of the Variations as Tchaikovsky wrote the piece until 1941, when it was played in Moscow without Fitzenhagen's by-then-standard emendations.

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