Op. 24 - monologue

for 'Cello


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Program Notes: The Monologue for Solo ‘Cello, Op. 24 was written in the Spring of 2012 for cellist and pianist Maksim Velichkin for a solo recital at the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena, California. Written in three movements, performed attacca, the Monologue opens with a whimsical capriccio whose foundation is based upon the interval of a perfect fourth, which guides its forward momentum. After a dramatic descent, a slow and lyrical affettuoso melody is introduced in the instruments upper register. The emotional content of this theme drives it into the lowest registers of the ‘cello and arrives at a motive introduced at the introduction of the capriccio. As the motive develops, it builds in intensity until reaching a fiery climax performed ad libitum as a quasi-cadenza as a transition to the third movement, dramatico. A final tour de force of double stops and rhythmic instability, the finale acts as perpetuum mobile with only a few moments to breathe before arriving to the conclusion.

Performance History:

-July 10th, 2012; M3 Classical @ ATX Kitchen; Atwater Village, California – 8PM

-August 17th, 2012; Velichkin Solo Recital; Norton Simon Museum; Pasadena, California – 7PM

-July 9th, 2015; Omaha Under the Radar; Joslyn Art Museum; Omaha, Nebraska – 5PM


George N. Gianopoulos