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Cantilena e Scherzo for String Quartet and - Menotti, Gian Carlo. (1911-2007)] [ - 1977. 
1977. Used; Like New/Used; Like New. An interesting autograph manuscript by the harpist and composer who gave the first performance of the work, evidently copied by him from the manuscript and with his detailed markings and corrections and annotations throughout, this being almost certainly the copy used by him in preparation of the first performance. Â Upright folio. 10 pp. Accomplished in black, blue and purple ink, and pencil. In fine condition.Â TheÂ WelshÂ harpistÂ and composer Osian Ellis was former Principal harpist of the London Symphony Orchestra, first harpist of theÂ Melos EnsembleÂ and is especially known for his musical association withÂ Benjamin Britten.Â The Cantilena and Scherzo was first performed at Alice Tully Hall (New York, Lincoln Center) on March 15, 1977 by Osian Ellis, James Buswell (violin), Ani Kavafian (violin), Walter Trampler (viola) and Leslie Parnas (cello). Â The work hasÂ its roots inÂ Ravel's Introduction and Allegro and Debussy's Danse sacrÃ©e et danse profane, butÂ instead of separating the two movements, Menotti frames the Scherzo with theÂ Cantilena's lyrical material, creating a ternary structure. The very choice of the wordÂ 'Cantilena' betrays Menotti's preoccupation with vocal writing, and the result is suitablyÂ song-like, full of melodic richness, sustained string writing, and a resonating harp part.Â A passionate climax leads into the mercurial triple-rhythm Scherzo, before theÂ Cantilena's joyous return.
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