Henry Eccles was a Baroque musician who was alive at the same period as the other three Baroque composers, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, and Antonio Vivaldi. The Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 2, was composed in 1720 for violin and figured bass, and it was transcribed for cello and double bass. This sonata is composed in baroque sonata form and comprises a gradual introduction, three dance moves, and a coda. The dances are largely focused on historical dance styles of the time era. Students should listen to movements of Bach's six unaccompanied cello suites, such as "Courante," "Sarabande," and "Gigue," and equate these movements to the corresponding movements of Bach's "Eccles Sonata." This sonata acts as a valuable guide to more sophisticated techniques. A brushstroke, with martelé and string crosses, is required. Additionally, the task includes changing into a thumb role. These training methods will have the pupil primed for more advanced tasks, such as "Allegro appassionato" by Saint-Saëns and the cello sonata repertoire.
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