The cello part for Capriccio Espagnol
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov has been edited by Stephen Geber,
principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1973 until 2003. Geber's bowings, fingerings
and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score. Written in 1887, Capriccio Espagnol is based on Spanish folk melodies. Rimsky-Korsakov originally intended to write the work for a solo violin with orchestra, but later decided that a purely orchestral work would do better justice to the lively melodies. The piece is often lauded for its orchestration, which features a large percussion section and many special techniques and articulations, such as in the fourth movement when the violinists, violists, and cellists are asked to imitate guitars.
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