Saturday, June 21, 2008

Celli

Tonight, I got to rehearse with a new group that I'm in. It's a cello quartet (cool, no?) and two of the cellists are Julliard graduates (cello performance majors)! Man, they were GOOD! It was such a blast! My mom is the other cellist in the group; I just love playing with her in general. We sync well.

I felt so honored to be able to play with the Julliard graduates. And they said that I did a good job (even though my 6th position was a little shaky). I surprised myself when I sight-read fluently in treble clef. :)

They even liked my cello! I was so surprised. They didn't notice my Mom's cello as much (which is more expensive and rare, etc). They liked mine. I absolutely LOVE my cello. It was so nice to hear other people talking about how much they liked it.

The Julliard people (oh, their names are Matt and Stacie by the way) had cellos from the 1700s! They said, "Oh, our cellos are old" and I thought they meant 50 years ago old. I didn't know they meant 300 years ago old! Wow! The instruments were in great shape considering.

It was just so refreshing to play with such talented people. We didn't worry about intonation or technique...we just played. There were moments when we just gelled and it was glorious. It was one of those moments when you're like, "THIS is why I love being a musician!"

Also, Stacie was so nice. I was commenting on her Bartoli CDs and she just gave them to me! She said that she was out of that phase now. Whatever. She gave me 2 Bartoli CDs, 3 Maria Callas CDs, and two other random ones (Caruso and some other guy that I can't remember). I walked out with a stack of new opera CDs! I'm thrilled to say the least. :D

I can't wait to play with them again. We're playing together on Aug 3rd for all three services at church. I'm excited!

A cello quartet is just so nice in general. The cello has such a huge range; you can get all the parts in. I mean, a violin quartet or a bass quartet just wouldn't work like a cello quartet does.

I've been listening to this cello quartet called Cellofourte for some time now. They rock! They play everything from "Evenstar" (Lord of the Rings) to "Stairway to Heaven" to the Muppet Show theme song! They're such talented musicians. They arrange all the music and it's so intricate. :) They don't have much on Youtube (sadness!), but I have their CD. They are so good! I put in one and my Mom is immediately mesmerized. It's really funny.

We were blasting it in the car the other day (with the windows down, naturally) and this guy gave us this look like we had just broken out the mental asylum or something. It was priceless! (It made me remember the time when I was stuck at a light at school and I was blasting Mozart. Similar expressions. PRICELESS.)

Okay, this music-head has to go to bed. I have to get up really early tomorrow to sing!

Here's some head-banging cellists for your enjoyment. I bring you, Cellofourte!

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