The Squire Tarantella for Cello Practice Edition


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This comprehensive practice edition of Squire’s magical Tarantella for cello and piano gives you preparatory exercises that teach each difficult spot. After that, the book gives you the Tarantella with marked study notes, teaching positions, rhythms, and more.

A newly written cello duet part is included so that you can play along with another cellist! The book finishes with a performance copy of the solo part, the piano accompaniment, and an overview of how the Tarantella can be used within a structured cello curriculum.

Before this book, it would be helpful to be fluent in triplet finger patterns and bowing, know a little bit of thumb position, and be able to shift through the first five positions easily. After you have learned these skills, the Tarantella will be easier to learn and perform.

The Squire Tarantella is included in Suzuki Cello School, Volume Six and is listed at Grade 7 for ABRSM. This piece is at an intermediate level and is nearly all in bass clef, with just several measures in treble clef that use (optional) thumb position. A staple of the cello teaching repertoire, the Squire Tarantella is an exciting and energetic piece that cello students of all ages love!

Here is a sample progression from Intermediate Level I through to the Saint-Saens Concerto:

  1. The Romberg Cello Sonata in E Minor
  2. The Romberg Cello Sonata in C Major
  3. The Squire Tarantella
  4. The Swan
  5. The Faure Elegie
  6. Allegro Appassionato
  7. The Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1

by Cassia Harvey and Myanna Harvey
based on a work by W. H. Squire
87 pages CHP428
©2022 C. Harvey Publications

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Additional information

Clefs Used

Bass clef and brief treble clef

Heterogeneous Class Use

No, cannot be used in heterogeneous classes



Positions Used

First through eighth position


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