Concerto in B-Flat Major, 1st movement
Professor Marc Coppey and his student Auguste Rachet work on Concerto in B-flat Major by Italian composer Luigi Boccherini.
Rachet is advised to work on several technical aspects, such as the tempo, while remaining relaxed and focused. He is also encouraged to “sing” more to make the music rounder, more flexible, and more elegant. What’s more, the pair delve into phrasing, bowing techniques, and other pertinent topics.
To breathe and maintain focus.
To play the chords effectively.
To play the piece with roundness, elegance, and flexibility.
Following the few indications written by the composer.
This concerto by Italian composer Luigi Boccherini was written in the late 1760s or 1770s and is considered to be one of his best works. It has a Romantic and virtuoso style and is part of a series of twelve concertos. Often included in the cello repertoire, it demonstrates the instrument’s full range. It is classically structured in four movements: Allegro moderato, andante grazioso, adagio and rondo.
There are many famous recordings of this piece played by acclaimed cellists, such as Maurice Gendron and Yo-Yo Ma.
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.
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.
Luigi Boccherini was an Italian cellist and composer of the Classical era, born in 1743. His father was a professional musician and gave music lessons to his son until he was entrusted to the local Abbé for further music education. He later left his home country to work for the King of Spain’s brother, and followed him to the Avila mountains before settling there permanently. He composed most of his large musical repertoire in the town of Candeleda.
No stranger to challenging times, Boccherini had to pursue his career even after losing most of his family and his patrons, making it difficult for him to find the means – and the will to live. He died in 1805 in Madrid, survived by two sons. During his life, he wrote mostly chamber music pieces, including over one hundred string quintets for two violins, viola, and two cellos, a dozen guitar quintets, a hundred string quartets, as well as string trios and sonatas. His orchestral music includes around 30 symphonies and 12 virtuoso cello concertos. His style is characterized by “Rococo” appeal, weightlessness, and optimism, as well as rhythmic invention coupled with Spanish influence that he gathered in his adopted country.