commentary to opus 77d1
Fantasia I in G for Violoncello solo, op. 77d1 (1952)
Fantasia I in G beginning
performance: July 31, 1983 Egeskov (Denmark), Schloss
Dedication: for Cornelius
Duration: 6 Minutes
Publisher: N. Simrock Hamburg-London (Boosey & Hawkes) ISMN M-2211-0906-4
A short one-movement work for solo 'cello. As with most unaccompanied 'cello work technically demanding for the performer yet is a highly effective piece and well worth the time taken to master is various Complexities. The style is rhapsodic, almost improvisatory, with great rhythmic fluidity and bars of constantly varying length. Although tonally quite free, there are landmarks for the listener in the form of repeated motives and the overall structure is clear with obvious recapitulation of the opening material in the last section. This work is well-written for the instrument and is recommended as a useful addition to a performer's repertoire.