*SOLILOQUY FOR SOLO CELLO op.712 (April 2020)

A piece composed for Benedict Kloeckner
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Benedict Kloeckner
Instrumentation: solo cello

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Duration: 6 mins
First Performance:

Benedict and I exchanged phone calls at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic - April 3rd 2020. I was in London and he was in Paris. As he was ringing off he asked if I might be interested in writing a solo cello piece and I said I would.  He seemed very pleased and this encouraged me to start work immediately. I finished it on 6th April and sent it by PDF to him in Paris. He has promised to work at it and send me a recording. I await developments! (9th April)

I next heard from him when he informed me of a performance of the finale of 'Diversions' on TV

Dear Howard !  How are you? Wanted to tell you tonight, the finale of Diversions is on TV at 8.30 your time.
https://www.swrfernsehen.de/

The nest I heard was: 'There is a review of your new cello solo piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which is one of the most important newspaper in Germany.

https://wetransfer.com/downloads/a4db031323ef1075dfdb76ec31713d5b20200714141241/801fbadfa5d46ff55b38cbaa2fa8dbe920200714141304/29213d

People loved your piece!! ('Soliloquy') Here is the video from the concert. Take care my friend, many greetings from the whole family!
Benedict

Benedict Kloeckner
Cellist
Founder & Artistic Director
Internationales Musikfestival Koblenz
 


Performances

19th July 2020 Benedict Kloeckner Cellist Founder & Artistic Director Internationales Musikfestival Koblenz, Kloster Eberbach,Germany

Howard writes: 'Written in the midst of the Corona virus lockdown Benedict opened his solo cello recital with 'Soliloquy' my new piece composed at his request - which expressively reflects the tragedy of the times but ends on a note of hope for the future.

Benedict wrote :'There is a review of your new cello solo piece in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which is one of the most important newspapers in Germany. People loved your piece!!

https://wetransfer.com/downloads/a4db031323ef1075dfdb76ec31713d5b20200714141241/801fbadfa5d46ff55b38cbaa2fa8dbe920200714141304/29213d

Unfortunately the link expired before I heard it!

Howard Blake

Related Works


'*MEDITATIONS FOR TWO VIOLINS' op.716 (October 2020)
This concert work consists of four existing pieces arranged for two violins

Related Autobiography Chapters


Soliloquy for solo cello, Meditations for two violins (2020)

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