Wednesday Music: Boccherini’s Cello Concerto No. 8

Today’s piece is by a relatively unknown composer, Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), a contemporary of Mozart who unfortunately has never achieved the fame that Mozart has. By all accounts, he was a brilliant cellist, which is why I have chosen one of his cello concerti for today’s piece.

Boccherini wrote thirteen cello concerti and my favorite is Cello Concerto No. 8 in C Major, G. 481. It’s a fantastic piece. Here’s a bit about it.

  • It’s in C major, as are two other of his cello concerti. In fact, all of his cello concerti are in major keys.
  • This piece is quite difficult to play on the cello. There are parts in the first movement that are written tenor and treble clef. If you have no idea what this means: the cellist has to play very, very high notes on the instrument, which is hard.
  • I don’t think this piece is played in concert ever. It was very hard to find recordings to post—in fact, I have to embed three separate videos, one for each movement, because that is literally the only thing I could find.

Movement 1:

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Movement 2:

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Movement 3:

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3 thoughts on “Wednesday Music: Boccherini’s Cello Concerto No. 8

    1. Oh no, I have bad memories of being forced to play some of his music back when I was in student orchestra! 😛 Haha I will have to find something he wrote so I can feature it.

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