Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6

Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6

Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6

Richard Strauss

Alexander Chaushian's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy English Music sheet annotated by  Alexander Chaushian  is available 44 min Cello

Alexander Chaushian and his student Alessandra Doninelli explore sound quality, dynamics, and playing with intention in this masterclass for cello.

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The masterclass

About this masterclass 

In this masterclass for cello, Alexander Chausian and Alessandra Doninelli work on emitting a higher quality of sound that delivers more presence. Doninelli is encouraged to take her time, and avoid shortening her notes. Additionally, Chausian tells his student to consider the dynamics as relative to the piano and/or orchestral accompaniment. Overall, the professor encourages Doninelli to reflect on the purpose of each motif present in the piece. 


What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Producing a sound that has presence. 

  2. Following the dynamics. 

  3. Understanding the purpose of varying motifs in the piece. 

  4. Bowing techniques. 

  5. Playing collaboratively with the accompaniment. 

Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6 by Richard Strauss

Strauss composed his Cello Sonata in 1883 at the ripe age of 19 years old. Dedicated to Czech cellist Hanuš Wihan, the sonata debuted the same year in Nuremberg. Soon after its inception, the piece became a standard of the cello repertoire, and is perhaps one of the most performed pieces by the composer today.

Consisting of three movements: Allegro con brio; Adante ma non troppo; and Finale - Allegro vivo, the work has been deemed to be heavily influenced by Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms. Despite this, Strauss maintained his personal touch throughout the work, especially in regard to tonal language, and harmonic and rhythmic turns of phrases. 


  • Composer: Strauss
  • Piece:Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6
  • Professor: Alexander Chaushian
  • Student:Alessandra Doninelli
  • Instruments: Cello
  • Date:12 April 2022
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:44 min
  • Spoken language:English

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this cello masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Alexander Chausian's feedback and comments.

Sheet music cello sonata in f major, op. 6

Alexander Chaushian

Alexander Chaushian

Winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2002

Regarded as one of the finest cellists, Alexander Chaushian has performed extensively throughout the world as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, The London Mozart Players, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, The Boston Pops, and The Armenian Philharmonic. He has given highly acclaimed performances in such venues as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Sala Verdi Milan, Konzerthaus Vienna, Suntory Hall Japan, and more. He performs regularly in festivals throughout the world and is the Artistic Director of the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in Cyprus and the Yerevan Music Festival in Armenia.

After studying in Armenia, Alexander Chaushian continued his studies in the UK at the Menuhin School and the Guildhall School, London. He then pursued advanced studies at the Hochschule Berlin, graduating with distinction in 2005. He is a laureate prize winner of many international competitions, including the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the ARD Competition in Germany. As an alumnus of Young Concert Artists, New York, he toured extensively in the USA.

Among the many distinguished musicians whom he has collaborated with are Yehudi Menuhin, Julia Fischer, Levon Chilingirian, Yuri Bashmet, Diemut Poppen, François-Frédéric Guy, Emmanuel Pahud. His regular chamber music partner is Yevgeny Sudbin. 



Richard  Strauss

Richard Strauss was a German pianist, composer, and conductor born in Germany in 1864. His father was a professional musician, and Richard himself started taking piano lessons at the age of four. This was followed by composition and the violin classes starting from the age of eleven. While studying, he saw two productions of Wagner’s operas that made a significant impression on him. After graduating from the Ludwigsgymnasium in 1882, Strauss briefly studied art history and philosophy. Vocationally, however, he would continue to work in the musical milieu. Firstly, by becoming the assistant conductor at the Meiningen Court Orchestra. Later, he was appointed as the interim-leader of the orchestra when his boss and mentor Hans von Bülow suddenly quit his position. This brief period of Strauss’s musical life was marked by a true fascination with composer Johannes Brahms. A few years after meeting and marrying the love of his life, soprano Pauline de Ahna, he composed his first opera, Guntram, in 1894. It was not well received, but pushed him towards the forefront of the musical scene. When his first symphonic poem Don Juan premiered, it received great acclaim.  

In 1894, after the Guntram debacle, he conducted Wagner’s Tannhäuser with Pauline singing the lead role of Elizabeth. He then assumed the role of lead conductor at the Berlin State Opera and stayed there for 15 years. WWII proved to be exceedingly difficult for Strauss and his family, especially when part of his daughter-in-law's family was deported and murdered, even though he had tried to intervene to prevent the tragedy. He was not popular with Nazi officials, but was left alone because of Nazi Germany’s interest in supporting German composers and musicians. The aftermath of the war was not a prosperous one: like most Germans, Strauss’s assets and money were seized, and he left the country to settle in Switzerland with Pauline. Even though he was over 80, he had to continue working as he needed income to live. In 1948, he was hospitalized due to a bladder infection, and he never fully recovered. Soon after, he died from a heart attack and kidney failure.  

Despite Richard Strauss’ difficult final years marked by distress and financial instability, he managed to leave a great legacy behind. He has undeniably influenced many 20th musicians and composers. His most celebrated works include his operas Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, his Lieder, especially his Last Four Songs, his symphonic poems including Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, An Alpine Symphony, and many other instrumental works. 

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