#tb to when I played the 1st movement of Shostakovich for the jury of spring semester.. I was kinda proud that I almost (like 96%) got this run right haha but eh I still has a lot to work on 😤 #cellojournal
Shostakovich gave me the solo part of his first cello concerto and in four days i had learnt it by memory. I played it to him while he accompanied me on the piano. We were so happy that we drank a small glass of vodka together. Then we played it again, not as perfectly, and drank more vodka. The third time I think I played the Saint Saens Concerto while he accompanied his own piece. We were both very happy. 🤣🤣🤣🍸🍹🥃🎶
Lead Cellist Jacqueline Du Pre, performing Elgar's cello concerto, 1st movement, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and performed by the 1967 London Philharmonic Orchestra.
This famous piece was tribute to Elgar's wife who had passed, and for many years she had helped and inspired him throughout his growth as a composer.
The piece is a recollection of colourful memories, in a world without colour. It is a call of longing.
And to note, it is good to keep celebrating classical music. It doesn't have to die, and does fit in our modern world. All music needs to be celebrated, always. Like all art, it is the beauty to many that actually makes life worth living. What would we feel in a world without art? Our self expression is so valuable, and all forms of expression just as valuable too. Don't be shy