Practice for Performance (eBook)
for Cello and Related String Instruments
99640EB
Practice for Performance provides a rare and intimate view into a very thoughtful and successful performer's personal toolkit. Set in the context of his own personal history of growth as a performer, cellist Daniel Morganstern (principal cellist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York) displays rare honesty in discussing the problems that faced him at various point of his career, and the ways to solve them. The discoveries sensibly un ...more
Product Number:
99640EB
Format:
eBook
Skill Level:
Beginning-Intermediate
Pages:
40
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
160974229X
ISBN13:
978-16097-4229-4
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
10/7/2010
Practice for Performance provides a rare and intimate view into a very thoughtful and successful performer's personal toolkit. Set in the context of his own personal history of growth as a performer, cellist Daniel Morganstern (principal cellist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York) displays rare honesty in discussing the problems that faced him at various point of his career, and the ways to solve them. The discoveries sensibly unfold in a fascinating account of experiences with many notable artists whose comments and examples shaped the author's thinking. These ideas are not to be found in any other treatise on the subject of musical preparation. The examples in this book, both musical and non-musical, offer a foundation to help evoke instinctive musical responses in the mechanical processes of playing the cello, and have been advantageously applied to other instruments as well, including voice.
Introduction
I. How I Studied the Cello

II. Scales
Trilling double stops, shifting, and fast moving scales
The E major scale with added helper notes
Two diverse rhythmic patterns
Scale of D. C. Dounis to develop forte pressure and endurance
Incrementally faster scales
Long tones & bow changes

III. Creating a Context
Play from beginning to end
Conception and execution
Using syllables
Rhythm and tempo
Sound and bow arm development
Melody and accompaniment
Orchestral applications

IV. Non-Contextual Practicing
Practice forward and backward
Practice fast music with breaks
Accent shifts
Listen for the chord or tune produced by the first of three or four notes
Feel the string through the bow
Use bilateral transfer advantageously
Pay attention when things are going well
Practice one fifth lower to intensify tone
Always warm up on slow pieces
Practice in rhythms
Intonation
Use a tape recorder
Use the process of association to improve intonation
Relate the ear to the most stable notes


V. Extra-Musical Aspects of Performing
The psychology of performing
Be prepared
Give yourself permission to fail
Show up
Career development
Credibility and visibility
One final thought


VI. Musical Examples
Cello ConcertoAntonin Dvorak
Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A Minor, D. 821Franz Schubert
Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40Richard Strauss
Un Ballo in Maschera, Act III No. 7Giuseppe Verdi
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, FugueJ. S. Bach
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, Gavotte IJ. S. Bach
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, GigueJ. S. Bach
Ariadne auf NaxosRichard Strauss
La Sylphide 
Etude No. 26 (Forward and Backward)Popper
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Variation IPiotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sonata in E MajorFrançois Francoeur
Etude No. 4Popper
Etude No. 12Popper
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Variation IIPiotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme, Variation IVPiotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Trio in B flat Major, Op. 99 D 898Franz Schubert
Etude No. 6Popper
Etude No. 6Popper
Sonata No. 6 in A MajorLuigi Boccherini
Un Ballo in maschera, Act III No. 7Giuseppe Verdi
Trio, Movement IIPiotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Lucia, FinaleGaetano Donizetti
 
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