Symphony Hall, Chicago, Illinois
Yo-Yo Ma, cello / Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Daniel Barenboim
My Cello Concerto is introduced by the soloist alone, playing a frequently interrupted cantilena that presents ideas later to be expanded into movements. These movements are connected by episodes that often refer to the final Allegro fantastico. In this score I have tried to find meaningful, personal ways of revealing the cello’s vast array of wonderful possibilities.
Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for the amazing Yo-Yo Ma, who has given outstanding performances of my 1948 Cello Sonata, the score was composed in New York City and Southbury, Connecticut during 2000.
Elliott Carter, 2001
This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to the composer