Cello Sonata, Op. 8

Cello Sonata, Op. 8

Zoltan Kodaly

Marc Coppey's masterclasses

English 1 h 7 min Cello

Professor Marc Coppey and his student Beltran Calderon Bosom delve into sound and characteristics of Hungarian folk music and language that can be found in Kodaly's works.

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

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About this masterclass of Marc Coppey

In this masterclass, Marc Coppey considers how to bring out the appassionato character in the first movement of Kodaly’s cello sonata. By reviewing technical aspects such as left-hand positioning, bow control, and allowing the whole body to move without stiffness, student Beltran Calderan Bosom learns how to create more motion and connection between musical ideas. Additionally, while maintaining artistic liberty, the pair work together to develop a more consistent tempo in order to make the piece more unified. 

Coppey also delves into the unique characteristics of Hungarian music, expressive intonation, and observance of the carefully crafted dynamics and articulations in this work.

About this cello masterclass

  1. Characteristics of Hungarian music that are tied to language.

  2. Unifying the piece through a strong sense of tempo.

  3. Engaging the whole body to achieve an appassionato sound.

  4. Left hand positioning that will help with intonation and quality of sound.

  5. Managing the speed of the bow and coordinating shifts.

  • Student:Beltran Calderon Bosom
  • Instruments: Cello
  • Date:03 November 2020
  • Academy:Academy Nov. 1 - Nov. 8, 2020
Marc Coppey

Marc Coppey

It's an important work for cello, but not only for cello, because it opens some kind of a revival to write major works for solo cello, or solo violin, viola or strings in general in the 20th century, which was a little bit forgotten, mostly in the 19th century.

Marc Coppey

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.

Cello Sonata, Op. 8

This piece is perhaps the first major work for unaccompanied cello since Johann Sebastian Bach's six great suites, dated almost 200 years earlier. The sonata has three movements and synthesizes many of the musical interests Zoltan Kodaly early in his career. Influenced by the work of Debussy and fellow Hungarian composer, Bartók, the Cello Sonata carries a touch of Hungarian folk music – a common feature in his compositions. 

In 1908, Kodaly became a professor of composition at the Budapest's Royal Academy of Music. At this time, most of his compositions had been chamber works for strings. This Cello Sonata is perhaps one of his most ambitious compositions.

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