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Music of the Month – September 2021

Posted about 3 years ago by Ben Himmelfarb


Gellman Room Concerts

The 2021-2022 Gellman Room Concert season is here! You can always watch past concerts on RPL’s YouTube page.

SATURDAY, September 4, 2021, at 2:00 pm:
“Going Off Script: The Ornamented Suites for Cello” – Internationally-acclaimed cellist Juliana Soltis breaks with two hundred years of tradition to revive the long-lost practice of spontaneous improvisation in J.S. Bach’s beloved cello suites. Performed entirely on historical instruments, including the rarely-heard violoncello piccolo, this is an interactive concert experience you won’t soon forget.

SATURDAY, September 18, 2021, at 3:00 pm.
The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia presents “Our Places” with Christopher Whitley, violin, Kumiko Sakamoto, violin, Luis Bellorin, viola, and Titilayo Ayangade, cello, of the Thalea String Quartet. *Please note the time is 3:00 pm

From Our Collections

Johann Sebastian Bach’s cello suites are familiar to almost everyone–whether they realize it or not. Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major is practically what people imagine when they think of “refined classical music.” Yo-Yo Ma’s recordings of the suites are more as-written than Juliana Soltis’ will be, but it’s fun to compare various performances. Judging by the number of due dates stamped on the back of the record sleeve, Ma’s 1983 recordings were an incredibly popular item!

J.S. Bach, Suite No. 1, S.1007, performed by Yo-Yo Ma

Follow along with Ma’s performance using this score, part of RPL’s set of Bach’s complete works.

If all of this great cello music makes you want to give the instrument a try, you can use RPL’s copy of Maurice Eisenberg’s Cello Playing of Today from 1957. However, you might want to find a contemporary teacher to show you what has changed or developed in playing during the past 60-plus years!

Staff Playlist

Lisa C. says a few of her favorite classical pieces are:

Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor
Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major

Laura P. and Ben H. always love:

George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Clay D. fondly recalls these:

Franz Schubert’s Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major Op. 99
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3

Nicole B. says that video game soundtracks are the perfect background music for studying or reading (she recommends Skyrim!):

Click here to see video game soundtracks in our collections!

Ben Himmelfarb

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