Composers, performers, and theorists of color in Western classical music history!
idonteatginger asked: hi! i'm sixteen, from indonesia. with a dad who's freakishly in love orchestral music, i, too, grew to love it. i especially love cello because of its' depth, richness and intensity! i have guitar skills but cant read music notes quite well.. do you think it'll be a hindrance in learning to play cello? thank you so much xx
I don’t think so! I learned to read music with learning cello, not before (slightly with recorder but I mostly played from memory with that) and it was fine. It’s really just how much time you put in! And beginning shouldn’t involve reading, either, so you’ll have time :)
Sorry, I think this hiatus is indefinite, along with fyeahclassicalcomposers. I’ll still answer questions though.
“[Shostakovich] gave me the score of his first Cello Concerto, and in four days I memorized it and played it for him while he accompanied me on piano. We were so happy, we drank a little vodka together. We then played it again, not so perfectly, and drank more vodka. The third time I think I played the Saint-Saens Concerto while he accompanied his own concerto. We were very happy.”
if you ever feel bad about yourself, just remember that one time i had to fly with my cello so we bought it a seat
and it got upgraded to first class
i hate being that guy who adds onto a text post but my dad is a cellist and he has to buy a seat for his cello every time he has to fly somewhere for a show and the cello has become such a valued customer for airlines that we regularly get mail addressed to “Cello Friesen” for airfare deals and stuff
lol, I feel the pains. I’m also a professional cellist, and when I say I’m “buying a ticket” for a flight, it usually actually means two tickets, and it (sometimes, especially international flights) means two first class tickets. Our babies are expensive to travel with. And I definitely have documentation for “Cello Dent” and get emails pretty regularly for her. It’s a little ridiculous.
Good luck and much love to all who are wrapping up their semester in the next couple of weeks! I believe in you!
lollylovescheese asked: Nooooooo! I have to give my cello back next week because where I rent from, they keep them over the summer holidays :'( THEY CANT TAKE MY BABY! I'm scared that when I get it back, I'll sound horrible :(
I’ve found that stores are usually pretty good about storing instruments with humidifiers and temperature things. It depends on the store, but if you’re renting from them, it’s their instrument and future money, so they should!
Things people need to stop saying to cellists (and how to respond):
1) “It’s bigger than you!” Yes. Yes it is. *blank stare*
2) “That’s the biggest guitar I’ve ever seen! Hur hur hur!” *make sure to use your best deadpan* Actually, it’s a mandolin. But thank you for noticing.
3) “Is it hard?” Not as hard as explaining how hard it is.
4) “I bet you wish you played the harmonica.” The moment someone writes “Canon for Harmonica in E minor” I’ll switch right over.
5) (The absolute worst:) “Do you have a body in there?” NOT YET.
It looks like a piano and it’s played like one too. But Leonardo da Vinci’s invention, the concept of which is preserved on paper records hundreds of years old, would sound like a violin.
For centuries, the instrument has not been heard — until now.
Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki recently built the “viola organista” and debuted his interpretation of it at a piano festival in Krakow, Poland, last month.
Zubrzycki posted video of his concert last week [above]. A Q&A by Tygodnik Powszechny with Zubrzycki (translated via Google Translate) reported the pianist finding Vinci’s notes on the instrument dating to 1489.
Further research led Zubrzycki to learn about physical constructions of the instrument dating to the 1600s, but “none has survived to our times,” he said.
Zubrzycki took it upon himself to begin reconstructing the instrument in 2009.
But he wasn’t the only one. Akio Obuchi constructed and played his own viola organista in 2004. Zubrzycki said though that Obuchi’s several iterations of the instrument have flaws.
‘‘I have no idea what Leonardo da Vinci might think of the instrument I’ve made, but I’d hope he’d be pleased,’’ Zubrzycki said of his reconstruction of the instrument, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Actually teared up…what a beautiful instrument. Those lower tones are absolutely marvelous.
(Shoutout to thosefourstrings for bringing this to my attention and honestly making my day.)