Cantilena (download)


Violin and piano–3′

A gentle humming song to a strummed accompaniment, appropriate as an offertory or prelude.

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Cantilena, from violin sonata, Greetings and Farewell (1997)

Violin, piano
Duration: 3′
Score and part included.
Commissioned by The Schubert Club in honor of the Schubert Bicentennial in 1997.
Premiere: 1997 by Michael Sutton, violin; John Jensen, piano
8 pages

Program note

Cantilena is the central movement of the violin sonata Greetings and Farewell, a violin sonata in five movements, which takes as its point of departure a key phrase of a beloved Schubert song, one used by Schubert himself in his Fantasy for violin and piano, “Sei mir gegrüßt”:

schubert phrase

The song doesn’t appear in the Cantilena, which is a gentle humming song to a strummed accompaniment. Greetings and a Farewell was written in 1997 on commission from The Schubert Club in celebration of the Schubert bicentennial. The work is dedicated to Nell Slater.

DET with Sutton premiere violin sonata

DET with Michael Sutton at premiere of Greetings and Farewell



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