Today, the five-string cello is treated as an exotic and rarely-played cousin of the standard cello. However, in the 17th and 18th centuries it was simply one of the many instruments used in the family of bass violins, and was particularly important for virtuosic sonatas and solos.
Cellist Elinor Frey is presenting a conference and demonstration on the subject of the variety of cellos in use during Bach’s time, especially smaller versions with 5 strings or 4 strings (often tuned an octave below the violin).
Using Bach’s sublime sixth cello suite as a starting point and material for demonstration, Frey’s lecture will also explore the interpretation of Bach’s music on these fascinating instruments. Participants will be able to listen in and ask questions.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“To make sense of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of music–and to accept the mystery of the unanswered questions–opened me up to the most interesting possibilities such that the cello became more beautiful.” – Michael, Oklahoma
Dr. Frey keeps students engaged from start to finish. The depth of knowledge she has to share, and her great communication skills bring courses to life- especially in this online format. For someone who never liked online learning…. I am fully converted! Course materials have deepened my understanding and demonstrated new approaches for practice and performance. – -Shirley, Calgary, August 2020
ELINOR FREY with GENEVIÈVE SOLY, Matinées baroques at the MBAM’s Salle Bourgie
LECTURE AND DEMONSTRATION (Bilingual)
BACH’S SIXTH SUITE AND THE VIOLONCELLO PICCOLO
Thursday September 17, 7:30 p.m.
$30 / 1-hour lecture + 15-minute question period