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Cello, small orchestra: 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 strings (min 188.8.131.52.2)
Mstislav Rostropovich for the 90th Birthday of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
As the Prince says in his foreword, he wanted the new pieces here to have “recognisable melodies and themes”; and this piece comes from the lyrical rather that the searching side of Matthews. But it grows into more than the wistful little number that its opening suggests – a fullscale, neatly wrought sonata movement with plenty of lovely cello writing.