Dvořák-The Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104.



I was asked to paint this Concerto by a friend as it is one of her favourite pieces. I had not heard it before and I am so glad I did- it is beautiful and dramatic. I can understand why it is widely seen as the best Cello Concerto ever.

Here are the paintings :


The B minor key I saw as a dark rich blue, and the B major key as a vibrant orange echoing the brighter feel. The sweet little voice of the Piccolo weaves around the Cello in golden yellow.



Adagio, ma non troppo:

This movement for me has the feel of Spring and the theme of growth and the tranquillity of the green meadows. The triangle tinkles like snowdrops sprouting- the key of G minor brings hope of our dreams coming to fruition.


Finale: Allegro moderato – Andante – Allegro vivo:


The finale returns to the keys of B minor and B major with the blues and oranges of the first movement, with greater complexity of themes- moving from tranquil to a joyous then frenetic pace. It is a riot of moods and textures!