Wednesday, March 29, 2006


The questionnaire, part 5

Now, the fifth question in the questionnaire:

What sound or noise do you love?

Cello music.

All music, more generally, or, at least, most music. But cello music is especially pleasing to me. I love the Bach Cello Suites in particular, as well as the cello concertos by Haydn, Dvorak, Elgar, and Shostakovich. My favourite classical cellists are Yo-Yo Ma, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Jacqueline du Pré, the English cellist who died of multiple sclerosis about 20 years ago, at the age of 42.

I love the cello in folk music too, and Abby Newton is probably the best-known folk cellist, at least in New York's Hudson Valley. The late Harry Chapin had a good cellist playing with him, Tim Scott (as well as a bassist, John Wallace, who did a particularly wonderful job on the song "Mr Tanner").

We pay a lot of attention to the violin/fiddle, and it's easy to forget the smooth, mellow sound of the cello.

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