Petite Ballade for Cello and Piano, Op.12 No.1
The Petite Ballad is one of two works dating from 1887 and dedicated to the famous Russian cello virtuoso, Carl Davidov. The works were published both separately but at the same time. The Ballad is a lovely Romance.
Anton Arensky (1861-1906) was born in Novgorod but his family moved to St. Petersburg while he was still relatively young. His first piano lessons were from his mother. He entered the Petersburg Conservatory in 1879 and three years later graduated with high honors. Among his principal teachers was Rimsky-Korsakov. He subsequently taught at the Moscow Conservatory where he befriended and was influenced by Tchaikovsky and Sergei Taneyev.