In this transcription of the Intermezzo from Edouard Lalo's Cello Concerto in D minor, the first cello assumes the part of the soloist. The others play accompanying parts which are more or less in the original register. The simple texture of Lalo's score makes it very suitable for such an adaptation. There are a couple of passages in the upper register which are a bit more challenging, but lowering them for an octave would affect the lightness and transparency of instrumentation. As for the bass parts, the eighth cello tunes the C string a fourth lower to provide the depth of a double bass, especially important for the repetitious pedal G in fast sections. -Valter Dešpalj
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