Sonata for Violoncello and Piano in f sharp minor, Op.46
Gabriel PiernÚ (1863-1937) was born in the French city of Metz. His parents were musicians and he was eventually sent to study at the Paris Conservatoire, where his teachers included CÚsar Franck and Jules Massenet. A gifted and highly talented student, he won several prizes, including performance awards in piano and organ and composition awards in counterpoint and fugue. He also won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1882. He enjoyed a successful career as an organist as well as a conductor at the Ballets Russes in Paris. He was also a prolific composer who left several works in most genres.
His Cello Sonata was composed in 1922. It is a highly original and unusual work. Although it is in one movement, it is actually divided into several sections. The influence of Franck is present in Pierne's use of cyclical format with the opening theme reappearing throughout the work in various guises. The opening part of the sonata recalls Faure, however, Pierne's use of percussive effects is quite different from that composer. Though it clearly has sections, it nonetheless seamlessly flows into an organic whole.
This works great originality is bound to make a deep impression on audiences and deserves to be heard in the recital hall. Long out of print, we are pleased to make it available once again.