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7 Papillons

for Cello Solo

By Kaija Saariaho

Cello Solo Cello
For Cello Solo. Composed by Kaija Saariaho (1952-). Music Sales America. Classical. Book [Softcover]. Composed 2002. 10 pages. Chester Music #CH62150. Published by Chester Music (HL.14029686).

Item Number: HL.14029686

ISBN 9780711997448. 9.0x12.0x0.077 inches.

This work was commissioned by Rudolf Steiner Foundation. It is dedicated to Anssi Karttunen, who gave the first performance in Helsinki on 10th September 2000. Sept papillons was the first piece Saariaho wrote after her opera L'Amour de loin and it was partly written during the rehearsals of the opera in Salzburg. One can sense the desire to find a new world, which has nothing to do with the opera neither in style nor in language. From the metaphors of the opera which all have an eternal quality - love, yearning and death - she moved now to a metaphor of the ephemeral: butterfly. Also, from the long time-spans of the opera she moved to these seven miniatures, which each seem to be studies on a different aspect of fragile and ephemeral movement that has no beginning nor end.

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  • June 06, 2011 Great piece to perform

    I have performed this work a number of times as of May 2011. Audiences have been impressed with the composition. They are seven short movements. Most of the movements require special techniques. However, it is a great piece to introduce a student to extended techniques and alternative ways of playing...

    the cello. It is very audience friendly.

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