Boccherini

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The final piece in Suzuki Book 2 is a minuet by Luigi Boccherini.  The piece is exceptionally well-known – somehow I’ve had it coursing through my brain since childhood.  I’ve hummed it for many years in the shower, on the bike, while running, doing dishes, and folding laundry.  When I learned it was going to be part of my violin repertoire I could hardly believe it.  But that’s exactly what happened in yesterday’s  lesson – I played the Beethoven minuet, then we went straight into the Boccherini.

Luigi Boccherini was an Italian Classical era composer who worked in the court of Spain and for patrons in France and Prussia.  He was from a musical family, and his primary instrument was the cello.  He’s especially well-known for string quintets – he favored scoring them for two cellos versus two violas, as is more standard.  His own cello playing and compositions expanded the repertoire of the instrument considerably. According to Wikipedia, in addition to the minuet that I’m now playing, Boccherini’s most famous work is his Cello Concerto in B flat major.  The minuet is his String Quintet in E, Opus 11, no. 5.

It’s hard to believe I’ve arrived at the end of Suzuki Book 2.  This minuet is going to take a few weeks, and it’s starting off lovely.  This arrangement more or less utilizes the same violin one part that I’m playing:

Thanks for reading.

Ryan

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