La cadenza sia corta was commissioned by Stephen Pruslin, who gave its first performance in London’s Purcell Room in 1974.
About the work
The title is Beethoven’s direction to the soloist – let the cadenza be short – near the end of his fourth piano concerto.
In La cadenza sia corta, it refers to the short, cadenza-like sections which interrupt the main argument — based on a well-disguised mensural canon, with sections for left hand and right hand alone — and finally fuse with it in the coda.
Scores and recordings
La cadenza sia corta was published by Price Milburn Music in 1977.
A recording was released on LP in 1979.