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Popper Polonaise de Concert Arranged for Cello Octet

Edited by Valter Dešpalj

Polonaise de Concert (for Cello Octet)
Composer: David Popper
Instrument: Violoncello
Edited By: Valter Dešpalj
Instrumentation: Violoncello Ensemble
Pages: 16 for the score, 4 for Violoncello I, II, V and VI, 3 for Violoncello III, VII and VIII

Popper's Polonaise de Concert has always been a favorite of young cello students eager to display their passion and virtuosity.  Here is an arrangement for cello octet, with the solo part shared by several players who, as it were, depict several characters in a lively exchange, sometimes in dialogue, sometimes competing but always having lots of fun.  In the accompanying parts, I often suggest the use of the D string rather than the A, mainly to make more room for the soloist playing sul A but also sometimes to keep the fingers in a position that helps ensure good intonation.

Valter Dešpalj

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