Wednesday Music: Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in G Major

I’m embarrassed to say I can’t remember when the last Wednesday Music post was. I would look back in my archives, but that would probably be demoralizing, so let’s just say it’s been a while. Today’s piece is Luigi Boccherini’s Cello Concerto No. 7 in G Major, G. 480. Now, the numbering of Boccherini’s cello concertos always confuses me—I swear I’ve also seen this one referred to as Concerto No. 3—but I know I have the G. 480 correct, so if you find this piece with a different concerto number but still listed as G. 480, I’m assuming it’s the same one. Here’s a bit about it.

  • Boccherini didn’t list this piece in his own catalog of works, but it was published in Paris in 1770, and most scholars seem to assume it was written slightly before then. Boccherini himself probably performed it in Paris.
  • During the time the composer wrote this concerto, he was at a high point in his life. He was very popular and he was working as a chamber composer for the Infante Don Luis in Spain, so he had financial stability as well.
  • The accompanying orchestra for this concerto is composed of strings only—no woodwinds. This was more common in the pre-classical era than the classical era.


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2 thoughts on “Wednesday Music: Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in G Major

  1. Thanks for sharing this very nice recording, Natalie. I haven’t played this particular one, but it’s really a lovely concerto. (The G (Gérard) numbers are a more recent numbering, like Köchel for Mozart, BWV for Bach, etc. I imagine the “No. 7” comes from an earlier numbering of the concertos (though I haven’t looked into this recently) and so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s been numbered differently elsewhere … )

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