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A Song of Our Warming Planet

A haunting musical depiction, on that most haunting of instruments – the cello, of the rise in global temperatures over the last 130 years. Unless something is done – like now – this may have to be played on the … Continue reading

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A balance for soul. A balance for beauty.

“People are craving this great progress in electronics, going after computers, the Internet, etc. It’s a great progress technologically. But they must have a balance for soul, a balance for human beauty. That means art has an important role.” ~Mstislav … Continue reading

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It is cruel that music should be so beautiful

“It is cruel, you know, that music, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, and everlasting … Continue reading

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Play until your fingers bleed

Talent renders the whole idea of rehearsal meaningless; when you find something at which you are talented, you do it (whatever it is) until your fingers bleed or your eyes are ready to fall out of your head.  Even when no one … Continue reading

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The loneliness of the artist

In the Abbey de Cuxa in Prades, I spent several glorious hours with the master of the cello. Our rapport was instantaneous – he trusted me to carry his cherished instrument. I was so moved on listening to him play … Continue reading

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Art makes us human

Art makes us human. Art is the connection between one person and another, something that hasn’t been done before, something that might not work. ~Seth Godin ________________________________________________________________ Quote: Seth Godin Image: CHRISTOPHERJH Related articles More Seth Godin in Conversation (coffeemuses.com)

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Dona nobis pacem. Give us peace.

“This will be our reply to violence – to make music more intensely, more beautifully, and more devotedly than ever before.” ~Leonard Bernstein Yo Yo Ma, cello

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The Cello Suites

The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin is a beautifully written book about J.S.Bach, Pablo Casals, and the mystery behind Bach’s Cello Suites. It is written by a former pop music critic who had his fill of Top 40 and longed … Continue reading

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From The Cello Suites by Eric Siblin, subtitled J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece. The great Mstislav Rostropovich, late in his career, with reluctance finally recorded all six of Bach’s cello suites. He explained his … Continue reading

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