Cello Sonata No. 3, Op. 69, 1st movement

Cello Sonata No. 3, Op. 69, 1st movement

Ludwig van Beethoven

Marc Coppey's masterclasses

French 1 h 7 min Cello

Marc Coppey examines common obstacles found in Ludwig van Beethoven’s works, as well as idiomatic practice of the cello with student Emmanuelle Schneider.

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

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About this cello masterclass

In this masterclass, Marc Coppey examines some typical obstacles found in Ludwig van Beethoven’s works, and discusses idiomatic practice in the field of music.

With this, the cello master emphasizes the importance of executing a sound that delivers great presence and richness via technical skill. The student is prompted to consider the point of contact (when the bow meets the string), the bow’s speed, posture, and preparation.

Furthermore, Coppey discusses the egalitarian relationship between the piano and the cello and how they support and elaborate each other’s part. Musical elements such as rhythm, tempo, phrasing, as well as musical ornaments like appoggiatura are also explored.


What you will learn in this masterclass

  1. The balanced relationship between the cello and the piano.
  2. Bow coordination.
  3. Phrasing in tempo (timing).
  4. Looking for common themes. 
  5. The subito, a common feature in Beethoven’s works.

In this piece, Beethoven celebrates the cello’s range with long lyrical lines. In the first movement Allegro ma nontroppo, the cello emits a thoughtful solo cantilena. The cello is met with response by the piano which concludes the passage with a brief cadenza. The cello and the piano reverse roles until they reach a dolce cadenza concluded by the cello. The two instruments communicate a rich blend of ideas with one another until a fully realized musical concept is achieved.

  • Student:Emmanuelle Schneider
  • Instruments: Cello
  • Date:03 November 2020
  • Academy:Academy Nov. 1 - Nov. 8, 2020
Marc Coppey

Marc Coppey

Scales, arpeggios and other rudiments of musical theory are fundamental in the creation of music. The simplest musical motifs can be deeply lyrical.

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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 Marc Coppey’s feedback and comments.

Marc Coppey

Marc Coppey

In 1988 won the two highest prizes of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition: the first prize and the special prize for best Bach performance.

Marc Coppey is a critically acclaimed musician and is considered to be one of today’s leading cellists worldwide. Originally from Strasbourg, France, Coppey began his musical training at the Strasbourg Conservatory before attending the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and the University of Indiana Bloomington. In 1988 at only 18-years-old, Coppey won first prize and special prize for best Bach performance at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. Since then, Marc Coppey has regularly performed as a soloist with leading orchestras in collaboration with numerous distinguished conductors. Such conductors include but are not limited to: Eliahu Inbal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, and many more. He appears regularly in some of the most prestigious concert halls across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In addition to his solo concert career, Marc Coppey is a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and leads masterclasses all over the world. What’s more, Marc Coppey lends his expertise in the arts and is the Artistic Director of the Musicales de Colmar chamber music festival as well as the Musical Director of the Zagrebacki solisti (Zagreb Soloists). In 2014, he was named the Officer des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.


Ludwig van Beethoven

Born in Bonn, Germany in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most mainstream references of Classicism — a pianist, composer, and an unequivocal genius. Descending from a long line of musicians, Beethoven studied music from an early age, beginning with the piano, clarinet, and the organ. At the ripe age of 11-years-old, Beethoven received his first job as a court organist, replacing his own teacher for a period of time. A veritable young prodigy, Beethoven was publicly compared to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and a few years later, the young musician traveled to Vienna to briefly study under the tutelage of Mozart himself. In his late 20s, Beethoven noticed difficulties with his hearing and by his mid 40s, he was completely deaf and unable to vocally communicate. Despite this misfortune, he remarkably continued to compose music. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 was written after he had entirely lost his hearing. 
 While his early musical career heavily reflected the Viennese Classical tradition inherited by the likes of Mozart and Haydn, Beethoven achieved a unique revolutionary identity by the end of his career. Deceased in 1827, his wake was a public event that gathered around 10,000 people. Despite his passing, Beethoven’s legacy lives on. His works anticipated many of the features that would characterize music in the romantic era and even that of the 20th century.

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