Schumanns violin sonata op.105 is special among violin sonatas because of its tone colour.
The composer makes full use of the warm character of the g-string, and throughout the
sonata Schumann seems to aim for a dark sonority. Indeed the range is unusually low for a
violin and typical violinistic virtuosity is noticeably absent in this work.
Therefore it may be consistent with the composers intentions to make an arrangement for cello and piano. Some changes from the original violin part were necessary, mainly with
regard to the choice of registers, where I have always chosen musical solutions that are as
much as possible in keeping with the original timbre rather than with the original octave.
The articulations given are unchanged from the original, as are Schumanns ambiguous
indications of trills (sometimes the accidentals affect the note to trill to, sometimes it applies
to the turn at the end of the trill).
Some double stops have been left out because they would make the sound too muddy.
The lower octaves cause occasional crossing of the cello part below the bass of the piano
and although this can be objected to theoretically, here it never causes any problems.
The present edition includes the complete cello part. No changes were made to the piano part.
This arrangement was suggested to me by Anthony Philips and is dedicated to cellist Karine Georgian. It was premiered on August 7th 2005 by Karine Georgian (cello) and Jan Willem Nelleke (piano).