15 Easy Studies (2nd ce ad lib) for cello, Op.76a / 10 Grand Studies, Op.76 for cello by David Popper
Edited by Martin Rummel. Published by Barenreiter
Prague-born cellist David Popper (1843-1913) was a leading virtuoso, chamber musician, and pedagogue of the cello of the nineteenth century. He was a prolific writer of music for the cello; he wrote numerous showpieces for the concert hall and salon, many of them extending the expressive range of the instrument. He is perhaps best-known for his cello methods, which are still widely used today.
Popper's landmark collection of studies ''High School of Cello Playing'', Op.73 is a standard method for advanced students, designed to expose students to important techniques found in major cello repertoire. Soon after he completed them, he embarked on two sets of studies to prepare for the rigors of the High School: first, the 10 Grand Etudes, Op.76, then the 15 Easy Etudes (with an accompanimental 2nd cello part), designed for beginning-intermediate students and leading into the Grand Etudes. This Barenreiter edition from editor Martin Rummel brings both sets of preparatory studies together in one volume and incorporates new fingerings and bowings to accommodate modern playing and to provide clarity to younger students. Intermediate level, Grade 3-4.