Trittico concertato for violoncello and string orchestra
|Parts:||1) Allegro moderato - 2) Passacaglia con Dédica - 3) Allegro vivace|
|Dedicated:||to Gaspar Cassado|
In October 1963 the Pablo Casals cello competition was held in Budapest, and Ferenc Farkas was asked to chair the jury. The composer later recalled : “I met the excellent Spanish cellist Gaspar Cassado. He invited me to lunch, and told me that he would like to commission a concerto from me. At first I protested that I didn't know the wiles and stratagems of extended virtuoso cello technique. He answered that the composer's job was to write, and the performer's to figure out how to perform it”. The work was completed the following year, and premiered on 11 September 1965 in the Teatro La Fenice as part of the Venice Biennale.
The first movement, Allegro moderato, is broadly a sonata form, and the third, Allegro vivace, a rondo. The second, slow movement, Passacaglia con Dedica, is unusual. The first half is a Baroque variation, in which the bass theme of eleven notes, repeated throughout, derives from the name of Gaspar Cassado. Under the notes the composer wrote: G-As-p-A-R C-As-S-A-D-o (As' being A flat), indicating the 'musical' letters with a capital (R was interpreted as D as in absolute solmisation, p was replaced by C sharp, and o by F sharp). The second half of the movement, the “dedication”, is linked to the dedicatee's name only by the starting notes (G, A flat).
A Trittico Concertato-t akitünő, világhirü gordonkamüvész Gaspar Cassado (1897-1966) felkérésére ìrtam és neki ajánlottam. Ugyanő volt a bemutató előadás szólistája, 1965 szeptemberében, a velencei Biennale keretében, a Fenice-szinházban rendezett hangversenyen.
A magyarországi bemutató szólistája 1967-ben Dénes Vera volt, akinek a gordonkaszólamot még a darab komponálása közben megmutattam, és aki már annak idején volt szives vállalni az előadást.