Wednesday Music: Boccherini’s Cello Concerto No. 9 in B Flat Major

After missing a week of Wednesday Music, we’re back with a fabulous new composition. I’ve featured Luigi Boccherini’s music before and I wanted to feature it again because he isn’t that well known, even among some people who know and like classical music. This week’s piece is his Cello Concerto No. 9 in B flat major, G. 482. Here’s a bit about it.

  • This concerto is a staple in cello instruction, from what I hear, due to how it slowly works its way up the fingerboard of the instrument. (The fingerboard is that black thing you put your fingers on when you play. When learning an instrument like violin or cello, you start with your hand as far away as possible and as you learn, you slowly work your way closer to your face [on the violin] or toward the floor [on the cello].)
  • The German cellist Friedrich Grützmacher had this concerto arranged to fit the style of a Romantic concerto, even though it’s not a Romantic concerto. The arranged form doesn’t really resemble the original version. Luckily, people have started performing the original form now. I’m not actually sure which version I have embedded in this post.

Enjoy! If you make it through the entire video, you can listen to some random solo cello music, too.

Or click here to watch on YouTube.