Ysaye op 28 transcription

July 14, 2019, 11:07 AM · Hello. I have recently bought a viola transcription/arrangenent of Ysayes sonata for solo cello. How difficult, technically, is this compared to his 6 violin sonatas?
Thanks in advance.

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July 14, 2019, 9:46 PM · Technically it's easier than op.27 no.1, 3, 5 & 6, in my opinion.

It doesn't sound great on viola, probably due to the lack of the low range from cello, especially in the 3rd movement.

Edited: July 16, 2019, 2:57 AM · A very long term project of mine is adapting Kodaly's fabulous solo cello sonata. This will entail squashing 5 octaves into 4, since a simple octave transposition would be very hard on the ears (not to mention the hands!)

There is already an official viola edition of Britten's three cello suites, but some of the majesty of the 'cello A-string is lost on the viola's strident equivalent.

July 29, 2019, 3:08 PM · Thanks. I'll look into the Britten as well

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