Romance in A Major for cello and piano, Op. 69

Romance in A Major for cello and piano, Op. 69

Gabriel Fauré

Gary Hoffman's masterclasses

English 33 min Cello

In this masterclass, professor Gary Hoffman and his student Marc Martin Nogueroles work on technical as well as poetic aspects of this piece.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy in October, 2020 at Arc-et-Senans.

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About this masterclass 

In this session, Gary Hoffman encourages student Marc Martin Nogueroles to explore the depths of emotion and expression in this beautiful piece. Hoffman demonstrates how to breathe with the phrasing and feel the music in the whole body and bow so that the direction of the music never becomes too obvious. He offers bowing and fingering advice that allows the music to ebb and flow without any inhibition or discomfort, and points out areas where vibrato could be used more intentionally. By the end of this session, the student has achieved a higher level of expressiveness that elevates the listener’s understanding of the music.

What we learn in this cello masterclass

  1. Taking risks to play your best.
  2. Avoiding predictability.
  3. Breathing with the phrase like a singer.
  4. Expressive use of vibrato.
  5. Using fingering that promotes fluidity.
  • Student:v
  • Instruments: Cello
  • Date:27 October 2020
  • Academy:Academy Oct 25 - Nov 1, 2020
Gary Hoffman

Gary Hoffman

I want you to surprise yourself with how great you can play.

Gary Hoffman

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 Gary Hoffman’s feedback and comments.

Gary Hoffman

Gary Hoffman

In 1986 when he won the Paris-based Rostropovich International Competition.

Gary Hoffman is one of the most outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility in his distinctive and memorable performances. Born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1956, he studied the cello with Janos Starker. Hoffman gained international fame in 1986 upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris. A frequent soloist with the world’s most noted orchestras, he has appeared with the Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco,  and more. Mr. Hoffman collaborates regularly with such celebrated conductors like André Prévin, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jésus Lopez-Cobos, and James Levine.

He performs on major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, although he spends the majority of his time between Europe and America. He is a frequent guest of string quartets including Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano, and Ysaye. Hoffman is a regular guest of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Additionally, he has has premiered many concertos (Laurent Petitgirard, Joel Hoffman, Renaud Gagneux, Gil Shohat, Graciane Finzi, Dominique Lemaître, French Premiere of Elliott Carter Cello Concerto, and more). Moreover, he is the guest of main halls such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Kennedy Center, and numerous festivals: Ravinia, La Jolla, Schleswig Holstein, Verbier, Festival International de Colmar, Evian, Prades Festival, Honk Kong International Chamber Music Festival, Storioni, and more.

Gary Hoffman plays and gives masterclasses all over the globe.  He is a close part of the Kronberg Academy family for years, intimately involved in the Academy Masters, the festivals, and the masterclass weeks. In September 2011 he was appointed as Professor at the Musical Chapel in Brussels.

Romance in A Major for cello and piano, Op. 69

Based on an older composition for cello and organ, Gabriel Fauré’s Romance in A Major for cello and piano's original title was Adante Obsolete because of its tempo change to Adante quasi Allegretto. The title was eventually changed to Romance due to its songlike and lyrical character.


Gabriel Fauré

Photo credit: Paul Nadar

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