Just a couple weeks ago we featured the upcoming Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in our Daily Bow segment. In honor of the festival – which begins tomorrow, March 9 – we are highlighting two of our featured scores from Piatigorsky himself!
Piatigorsky Scores from Ovation Press
We have two versions of the Piatigorsky arrangement of the Variations on a Paganini Theme. The first is an arrangement for cello and piano published by the cello master back when he was still alive. We have added nothing and as such preserved his original work.
The second edition is an Ovation Press original. The piano part was arranged for string orchestra, transforming the original duet into a full-fledged chamber piece. The Variations on a Paganini Theme for Cello and String Orchestra is a unique work that can only be found at Ovation Press.
Get these scores while they are fresh off the press to mark the beginning of the festival on Friday. To learn more about it check out the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival website.
The USC Thornton School of Music and the LA Phil in partnership with The Colburn School and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra bring together masters of the cello and young cellists from around the world for a unique celebration of the cello, its music, and its musicians. Twenty-two outstanding artists, representing twelve countries, converge on Los Angeles for ten days to share their artistry and teaching experience through orchestral concerts, chamber music performances, master classes, and interactive events.
The event will kick off with an opening performance featuring seven distinguished international artists led by conductor Hugo Wolff, principal players of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and some of the finest students from the USC Thornton School of Music and The Colburn School.
An underlying theme of the festival will be “Coming Together.”
Words on the 2012 Festival from Artistic Director Ralph Kirshbaum:
A reason to attend the festival, from Swiss cellist & composer Thomas Demenga:
Artistic video created in 2011 about prior festivals: