Monday, January 23, 2017

Cellists, If You Could Only Play One Composer...

The other day at my lesson I asked my teacher, "Who is your favorite composer?" Even as the words left my mouth, I knew how ridiculous the question was. It's hard to choose favorites. Our preferences can change by the hour, the minute! And variety is good, right?

But I still wanted an answer, so I clarified: "Who is your favorite composer to play?" (Yes, again, ridiculous. O curious eager-to-learn me!) And do you know what her answer was?

That's right. Good ol' Baroque Bach. My teacher argued that Bach's canon has a little bit of everything: order, romanticism, innovation. And she mentioned specifically the Bach cello suites, which I haven't gotten to yet, but someday will.

I'm still figuring out who's my favorite compose to play. Currently I am learning Gavotte in C Minor by Bach in Suzuki book 3. Here is a video that looks at it through a Baroque lens.

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