Your cart

Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.


Tarantelle II

for solo cello

Year:  2002

Year:  2002

Composer:   Jeroen Speak

Films, Audio & Samples

Jeroen Speak: Tarantelle II...

Embedded video
See details ➔

Jeroen Speak: Tarantelle II...

Embedded video
See details ➔
Sample Score

Sample: pages 1-2

See details ➔


To borrow items or hire parts please email SOUNZ directly at


Tarantelle II for solo cello was written in 2002 for the Belgian cellist Arne Deforce and was premiered in the Huddersfield Music Festival in the same year. It was my original conception to compose a piece that avoided using the instrument in any traditional sense, hence the predomination of extended performance techniques. These techniques were then organised in a hierarchical fashion and treated as a sort of internal pulse of gesture and texture. The register, the density of notes, and the dynamics were pre-compositional elements, though not systematic. The use of vocalising near the middle of the work marks a point where the emotional demands of the work move outside the capabilities of the instrument, a bifurcation point, as I call it, a point at which the level of order has reached its maximum, where the music must either change direction or destroy itself.

Jeroen Speak

Performance history

28 Nov 2002: Performed by Arne Deforce (cello); Huddersfield Music Festival, UK

10 Sep 2013: Performed by Lucy Gijsbers (cello) at the Hunter Council Chamber as part of the Jack C Richards/Creative New Zealand Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music welcoming function.

29 Oct 2013: Studio recording at the Adam Concert Room, New Zealand School of Music. Lucy Gijsbers, cello; Thomas Voyce, audio engineering and production; Chris Watson, filmmaker

+ Read More