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Every two weeks, Alexander Street offers a free music download from our popular online music collection. This download is freely available, regardless of whether or not your library subscribes to the collection.

Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major by César Franck

French composer César Franck (1822–1890) composed many of his most eminent works, including his Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major, in the last decade of his life. This work was actually first written as a violin sonata; the cello edition, as performed in this recording, has the solo line an octave lower, but the piano remains the same. It’s not confirmed whether or not Franck originally had the cello in mind for this sonata, but there was an edition published during Franck’s lifetime that noted the sonata be for violin or cello. It is definite that the work was dedicated to and premiered by Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, a dear friend of Franck’s and perhaps the reason why the work was originally presented for violin.

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