French Cello Music

french cello music
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  • a large stringed instrument; seated player holds it upright while playing
  • A bass instrument of the violin family, held upright on the floor between the legs of the seated player
  • The cello (pronounced ; plural cellos or celli) is a bowed string instrument. The word derives from the Italian violoncello. A person who plays a cello is called a cellist. The cello is used as a solo instrument, in chamber music, and as a member of the string section of an orchestra.
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Bach - Cello Suites / Rostropovich
Bach - Cello Suites / Rostropovich

This is one of the most important recordings of the 20th century, both for its content (considered by many the greatest cello music of all time) and for the intense devotion, careful preparation, and towering technical skill that went into the project. It was a brilliant idea to make a video as well as an audio recording. Cellists will welcome the chance to study Rostropovich's bowing and fingering techniques, close up and at leisure. And music-lovers will welcome the visuals of the recording location, a French church whose architecture, statues, and flickering candles complement the music.
Mstislav Rostropovich knew, loved and practiced the Bach suites from his teen years, when the legendary Pablo Casals gave him a private performance of one of them. But he did not feel ready to record the complete set until he was 63 years old. Then he found an ideal location for the recording; he carefully chose his recording technicians, and he supervised the sessions besides playing the cello as only he can. Each note is carefully considered and given its unique shape. The music's structures are made clear, its emotional overtones powerfully conveyed. The conventional structure of a baroque suite--an elaborate overture followed by a series of dances--comes vigorously to life. And Rostropovich gives a spoken introduction to each suite (in Russian, with English subtitles) playing illustrative passages on the piano or organ.
The result may appeal mostly to specialized tastes (unaccompanied cello is not everyone's cup of tea), but this video is a landmark. --Joe McLellan

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The Cello Virtuoso
The Cello Virtuoso
Theodore Valerio (1819-1879) etching depicting a gypsy musician =mid 19th c. Known for his military engravings and lithographs. Participated in the Crimean War. Attracted the attention of Alexander von Humbold who suggested Valerio should depict ethnographic themes in the Balkans. Works in the Louvre and various French and foreign museums (Gallerie des Beaux Arts du Canada) Note: the Ottoman influence of the dress, whilst the instrument itself was introduced from Western Europe. In Moldavia and Wallachia during the mid 19th century such merging of traditions between East and West marked a sea change, with the Oriental habits gradually losing ground in favour of West European influence. The same applied to music bands which used a mixture of oriental and Western instruments in the same group. However, after 1848, when young Romanians educated in France returned with revolutionary ideas (and clothes) and even dared play classic music in public, they were disapproved of by their peers: playing a musical instrument was considered fit only for gypsy artists but not for aristocrats. Etching dated 1857, engraver Cadart, Paris (Private collection London)
"Courante" at the Toronto Music Garden
"Courante" at the Toronto Music Garden
"Courante" in the Toronto music Garden From the city of Toronto website: "Originally an Italian and French Dance form, the Courante is an exuberant movement that is interpreted here as a huge, upward spiralling swirl through a lush field of grasses and brightly coloured perennials and attract birds and butterflies. At the top, a Maypole spins in the wind." "Julie Messervy designed the waterfront Music Garden in collaboration with landscape architects from the city's Parks and Recreation department. The garden design interprets in nature Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, with each dance movement within the suite corresponding to a different section in the garden. Two Canadian artists created special features for the Music Garden. Tom Tollefson, architectural blacksmith, fabricated the Music Pavilion, and Anne Roberts, Feir Mill Design Inc., designed the Maypole."

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