Custom Chamber Music

Marais The Depiction of a Bladder Stone Operation

This is one of the earliest examples of program music, where the music is supposed to explicitly represent a scene from real life. In this case, the scene is a bladder stone operation that Marais experienced a few years earlier. Marais himself wrote the descriptions into the score so the performer knew what he should be visualizing at each part of the composition. It is not clear whether Marais intended the descriptions to be read as a narration, but doing so makes for a particularly powerful performance. Marais originally wrote this for viola da gamba and harpsichord.

A few notes on the parts and instruments:
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Version v01

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This version is arranged for cello solo. It is very close to the original, but some of the double-stops have been altered. The ornamentations are given in modern notation, with definitions at the top of the page. The narration is included (in English), with optional fermatas in the part to allow the soloist to read the descriptions oneself during a live performance.

Composition: Marais The Depiction of a Bladder Stone Operation
Version: v01
Instrumentation: Solo
Duration: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Challenging
Price: $4.99

Marais The Depiction of a Bladder Stone Operation, Version v01
Part Range Available Instruments
Score Full Score in C, Bb, Eb, and F
Part 1 (std) D#2 - E6 Cello