Op 31 Sonata 1 for cello and piano

‘for Christopher’ (1975)

Quasi recit.
Poco vivace
Quasi recit.
Vivace scherzando
(17 mins)

When , at the early workshop stage of a composition, Francis Routh and Christopher Bunting adopted a collaborative , empirical approach to the testing of ideas for a new work, and when this proved successful also at the final performance stage of a piece , such as the Sonata for solo Cello (1971), the door was immediately opened to further discoveries and projects using the same means : a cello concerto ( 1974) , a cello sonata (1975), setting up a performance partnership (1971). Throughout the three movements of Cello Sonata 1 both instruments are treated equally and share the same material. Only their relationship varies. The slow second movement forms a free connecting link between the two outer movements.Towards the end of the third scherzo movement, which has a slower central section like a Trio, the instruments come together in melodic and rhythmic unison.


First performance       10 November     1975   Germany (Wurzburg, Höchschule)
by Christopher Bunting, Francis Routh


Study score   ISMN M 708045 42

II Quasi recit. 2’ 47”
III Vivace scherzando 4’ 15”
Gillian Thoday (cello) Roger Vignoles (piano)


We regret to advise that Francis Routh died peacefully on 27th November 2021
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