Introduction et Valse Mélancolique for Cello & Piano, Op.14
Introduction et Valse Mélancolique was composed in 1839 when Offenbach was 20 and just embarking on a career as a concert cellist. He intended it for his own use as a recital work and certainly premiered it.
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1881) is known by one and all as the famous composer of operettas. What is not known is that he was first a concert cellist, who made his living playing in orchestras, giving solo and chamber music concerts. He wrote several works for cello and piano intended for the recital hall and most of which he himself premiered.
Introduction et Valse Mélancolique opens with a chordal flourish which then presents a pleading melody which is only partially developed and leads immediately to the waltz which though sad is still has an elegance and lightness to it.
Rarely available, cellists will find this a welcome addition to the repertoire by one of their own.