Guitarre for either Cello or Violin and Piano, Op.45 No.2
Moritz Moszkowski's Guitarre was originally composed for piano. It dates from 1887. Immensely popular Moszkowski's publisher suggested that the work might be better suited for string instruments. This led Moszkowski to arrange the work himself for cello and piano. He then requested his good friend, the famous violin virtuoso, Pablo de Sarasate to make a version for violin and piano. And, as the publisher suspected, it was in these versions that the work became best known. Spanish sounding, as the Spain is the land of the guitar, the work is evocative and virtuosic. A surefire recital hall stunner.
Moritz (Maurice) Moszkowski (1854-1925) was born in Breslau, Prussia (now Wroclaw, Poland). He studied music in Breslau, Dresden and Berlin. He not only enjoyed a career as a brilliant and prominent concert pianist and respected conductor, but was also a fine composer and a first rate teacher. Among his many students were Thomas Beecham, Frank Damrosch, Josef Hofmann and Joaquin Turina. Although his music is little known today, it was popular during the late nineteenth century. He was quite prolific, composing over two hundred pieces. Of Moszkowski, the famous pianist Paderewski wrote, "After Chopin, he best understands how to write for the piano." Although Moszkowski primarily small scale piano pieces, he also wrote larger scale works including a Piano Concerto, a Violin Concerto, two orchestral suites, a symphony, a ballet and an opera.
This work is a brilliant tour de force and a sure audience pleaser. Long out of print, we are pleased to make it available in both versions. Professionals and strong amateur players should not miss the opportunity to play this piece.