- This is "My Big Bach Blog" because I will be exploring, one at a time and in order, each of the thirty-six movements of the 6 Suites for Solo Violoncello by Johann Sebastian Bach. The world doesn't need this…but I do. I'm a professional cellist who has played the Suites many, many times, but I expect to experience this iconic music in a new way by going through it systematically and with a fresh perspective. I get a lot of pleasure and inspiration from house concerts -- informal performances in intimate settings for interested -- and interesting! -- people, so that's the spirit in which I'm going to approach each installment. I welcome questions and comments!
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And via the internet at that. I know that I’m not alone in being completely bereft at the prospect of not getting to share performances alongside my amazing colleagues with audiences. That live experience in the concert hall is irreplaceable! … Continue reading
Classical Up Close 2014 starts tomorrow, Friday, April 18. Strains of Ravel will waft through the stacks at Powell’s on Burnside at 1:00 The principal strings of the Oregon Symphony — Sarah, Chien, Joël and Nancy — will be in the 3rd floor Basil-Halwood … Continue reading
I’m not quite back on track to post performances of each Bach Suite movement, but I got a new iPad audio app and recorded a some run-throughs of a piece I’m working on for, drum roll, please…a house concert! It’s … Continue reading
I am writing today to ask you to support something I am passionate about: the Oregon Symphony. You may have read the Oregonian article this week about financial concessions the musicians have given the Symphony to help balance the budget. This was … Continue reading
We’ll be playing at West Linn Lutheran.
In honor of DigiWriMo, I am doing a Tumblr blog at http://cellonancy.tumblr.com/ It’s self-explanatory!
Support for arts organizations is crucial for arts education, which is itself crucial for all education!
It is pretty obvious that I have had a hard time getting this blog rolling. I haven’t ironed out all the logistical details for making video, and now that I’ve injured my hand, I can’t play for a while longer, … Continue reading
We interrupt our previously scheduled posting to bring this snapshot from the zeitgeist: The Bach Prelude No. 1 in G Major on the Mandolin, as performed on NPR. (Click on the blue NPR to see/hear the whole interview.) It is not lost … Continue reading
Let’s start at the very beginning… How far back do you want to go? Staying on topic, how about the genesis of J.S. Bach’s musical métier. I think most people with either a music education or long-time interest in classical … Continue reading