Chopin Arrangements for Flute or Cello and String Orchestra

Chopin Arrangements for Flute or Cello and String Orchestra

Versions:

  • Cello and String Orchestra
  • Flute and String Orchestra

Works

Technical Information

Frydryk Chopin Arrangements

Largo from Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, op. 65, arranged for cello and string orchestra (1999) – 4:13

Nocturne in E flat Major, op. 9, no. 2 arranged for cello and string orchestra (1999) – 5:07

Nocturne in B Major, op. 32, no. 1 arranged for flute and string orchestra (1999) – 4:40

Variations on a theme by Rossini for flute and piano, arranged for flute and string orchestra by Ronald Royer and Alex Eddington (1999) – 6:04

Program Notes

Fryderyk Chopin – Largo (from the Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op.65)

Arranged for cello and string orchestra by Ronald Royer

The cello was the only instrument, other than piano, for which Chopin wrote significant solo music.  He began the Sonata in 1845 but encountered difficulties, and finally finished it in 1846.  Chopin performed the last three movements (including the Largo) of this work at his last Paris concert with his friend, cellist Auguste Franchomme.  This new arrangement expands the original piano accompaniment into a rich string texture.

Fryderyk Chopin – Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op.9, No.2

Arranged for cello and string orchestra by Ronald Royer

Originally written for solo piano between 1830 and 1832, the E Flat Nocturne has been arranged into a tour-de-force showpiece for the solo cello.  The beautiful opening melody, interspersed with new material, is restated three times throughout the piece with increasing ornamentation.  The composition then builds to a dramatic climax and cadenza before a final resolution.  The arranger was inspired by previous arrangements for cello and piano by David Popper and Pablo Casals in this new arrangement for cello and string orchestra.

Fryderyk Chopin – Variations on a Theme by Rossini

Arranged for flute and string orchestra by Ronald Royer and Alex Eddington

Originally written for flute and piano, these variations are based on the aria Non piu mesta from Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola and constitute one of Chopin’s few chamber works.  Written when Chopin was a young man in his teens, this work may have been composed for his father who played the flute, or for flautist Jan Matuszyski, one of Chopin’s closest friends.  The variations serve as a showpiece for the solo flute while Chopin’s original piano accompaniment is minimal, allowing the flute to predominate.  The arrangers have worked to maintain the spirit of the original piano part, but have added orchestra tuttis lending the composition more of a concerto style.

Recordings:

Reviews:

“Conductor Matthew Jaskiewicz conducts the Toronto Sinfonietta in Romancing Chopin, an ambitious album that brings together several exceptional soloists and a pair of Canadian composers in a tribute to Chopin’s continuing legacy. Ronald Royer, composer in residence with the ensemble, contributes three substantial works of his own as well as several arrangements of Chopin’s chamber works…quite a fascinating release.” - WholeNote Magazine, Daniel Foley – Feb 1-Mar.7, 2002 Read More Read More