Allegro Appassionato for Cello Duet (Op. 43) – Saint-Saëns


Allegro Appassionato (Op. 43) by Camille Saint-Saëns, arranged for cello duet.

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Allegro Appassionato for Cello Duet (Op. 43) by Camille Saint-Saëns, arranged by Samuel Sykes. Full score and two parts included.
  • Pages — 18 total
  • Duration — 4:25
  • Files — Score and 2 parts
  • Instrumentation — Cello Duet
  • Level — Advanced

In the early 1870s, Saint-Saëns was exploring the potential of the cello and how he could compose for it. He completed his first cello concerto in 1872 – the famous Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 (click here to read more). After this, Saint-Saëns was fully convinced of what the cello could do and quickly wrote his first cello sonata in December of the same year. It is speculated that his Allegro Appassionato (Op. 43) was composed shortly after these other two works and was premiered in February of 1873. A wonderful recording of the original piece can be found by clicking here. The piece is characterized by its rhythmic syncopation, lyricism, and articulation. This arrangement for two cellos provides an added element of excitement by passing the main melody back and forth between parts. The accompanimental sections contain a healthy amount of double-stops in an effort to mirror the original piano part. Suggested fingerings and bowings are provided. This arrangement is dedicated to Benjamin Mekinulov.


Allegro Appassionato has a gypsy feel to it revealing, in one writer’s words, the ‘dark edges that haunt so many of his melodies’”.

Roger Nichols


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