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Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1



Saint-Saens wrote two concertos for cello. The first is one of the pillars of the solo cello repertoire; the second is almost never heard. This is the complete Cello Concerto #1 in A minor, Op. 33. Unlike most concertos that are in three movements, this is written as one continuous movement. All versions below have the complete original cello solo part, but each provides a different orchestration for the accompaniment.

This composition can be played by 1,642 different combinations of instruments (really!).

A few notes on the parts and instruments:
When you purchase this composition, you will be taken to PayPal to submit your payment. As soon as you pay, you will be able to download all the PDF files immediately. You will have access to every part for each available instrument, in the proper key and clef. You will also get a complete score (in most cases, we include four separate scores with all parts transposed to C, Bb, Eb, and F).
You don't have to purchase each part separately; one single payment covers all the parts you need for the instruments in your ensemble.

We have 3 versions of this composition. Click on the version name to jump to the different versions. Note that each version is purchased separately.



Version v01

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This version is for string orchestra, not quintet (the double-stops are not possible with single players).

Composition: Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1
Version: v01
Instrumentation: Sextet
Duration: 19 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Price: $14.99


Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1, Version v01
Part Range Available Instruments
Score Full Score in C, Bb, Eb, and F
Part 1 (std) C2 - F#6 Cello
Part 2 (std) G3 - F#6 Violin
Part 3 (std) G3 - C6 Violin, Viola
Part 4 (std) C3 - F5 Viola
Part 5 (std) C2 - G4 Cello
Part 6 (std) E1 - E3 Bass


Version v02

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This accompaniment is for quintet.

Composition: Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1
Version: v02
Instrumentation: Sextet
Duration: 19 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Price: $14.99


Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1, Version v02
Part Range Available Instruments
Score Full Score in C, Bb, Eb, and F
Part 1 (std) C2 - F#6 Cello
Part 2 (std) G#3 - F#6 Eb Clarinet, Violin
Part 3 (std) G3 - E6 Eb/C/Bb Clarinet, Violin
Part 4 (std) C3 - F5 Bass Flute, Bass Oboe, Basset Horn, Alto Clarinet, Viola
Part 5 (std) C2 - G4 Contra-Alto/Contrabass Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Cello
Part 6 (std) E1 - E3 Contrabass Clarinet, Contrabassoon, Bass Trombone, Eb/Bb Sousaphone, Bass


Version v03

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This accompaniment is for quartet.

Composition: Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1
Version: v03
Instrumentation: Quintet
Duration: 19 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Price: $14.99


Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1, Version v03
Part Range Available Instruments
Score Full Score in C, Bb, Eb, and F
Part 1 (std) C2 - F#6 Cello
Part 2 (std) G#3 - F#6 Eb Clarinet, Violin
Part 2b (8vb) G#2 - F#5 Basset Horn, Alto Clarinet
Part 3 (std) G3 - E6 Eb/C/Bb Clarinet, Violin
Part 3b (8vb) G2 - E5 Basset Horn, Alto Clarinet
Part 4 (std) C3 - F5 Bass Flute, Bass Oboe, Basset Horn, Alto Clarinet, Viola
Part 4b (8vb) C2 - F4 Contra-Alto/Contrabass Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Cello
Part 5 (std) C2 - G4 Contra-Alto/Contrabass Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Cello
Part 5b (8vb) C1 - G3 Contrabass Clarinet, Contrabassoon