Sonata ("Grande Sonate") No. 2 in A Major for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 21
Ferdinand Ries’ second cello sonata was written for Bernhard Romberg in 1808, who performed frequently with Beethoven at that time. The title "Grande Sonate" clearly refers to the aim to excel music written for amateurs at home.
This first modern edition of the piece contains two cello parts: One without any markings, reflecting the first edition, and one with suggestions for bowings and fingerings from the editor.