New Year's Resolution: The Repertoire

Extra Credit

Friday, April 05, 2013

As 2012 drew to a close, Studio 360 listener Michael Relland resolved to perform his first public cello recital in 2013. In January, we set out to make sure he got it done, and this week, we checked in to see how the preparations are coming.

Michael, a Phoenix-area music teacher, had planned to perform highlights from Bach's cello suites, perhaps the high bar and the most famous compositions for solo cello. But after spreading his sheet music across his dining table (“I had to put in the leaf,” he notes), he decided to shake things up. "Instead of just Bach suites, I want to do the whole history of the cello from when it started through Bach and then into the more romantic stuff."

Michael is focused on finding a venue, perhaps a friend’s church, and nailing down a date in the Fall. He’s practicing three to four times a week, in the morning and after school. "It really needs to be relaxed," he tells Kurt. "If I start to stress out, my hands get tense."

 

 

 

 

Slideshow: Michael's Photo Journal

So many pieces to choose from!
Michael Relland

So many pieces to choose from!

Bach writes so many notes. It’s hard to know where to start.
Michael Relland

Bach writes so many notes. It’s hard to know where to start.

Choosing Music: The Italians vs. The Russians
Michael Relland

Choosing Music: The Italians vs. The Russians

J.S. Bach and son, C.P.E. Bach. Perhaps a Bach family concert?
Michael Relland

J.S. Bach and son, C.P.E. Bach. Perhaps a Bach family concert?

Some of the earliest notation for cello – beautiful calligraphy.
Michael Relland

Some of the earliest notation for cello — beautiful calligraphy.

A Bach prelude for piano I have rewritten for cello.
Michael Relland

A Bach prelude for piano I have rewritten for cello.

I’m placing numbers everywhere trying to figure out where to put what fingers.
Michael Relland

I’m placing numbers everywhere trying to figure out where to put what fingers.

My muse, Jacqueline DuPre, sits above my cello. Her story is inspiring, her music cut short by multiple sclerosis.
Michael Relland

My muse, Jacqueline DuPre, sits above my cello. Her story is inspiring, her music cut short by multiple sclerosis.

Jacqueline DuPre is also painted on my chair.
Michael Relland

Jacqueline DuPre is also painted on my chair.

Hard at work practicing.
Kim Relland

Hard at work practicing.

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Comments [2]

Cynthia Diefert from Phoenix

Micheal,
I admire by your commitment to make time to embrace your creative talents! Teachers give so much to their students; you deserve to give something to yourself! Best of luck on your performance.

Nov. 15 2013 10:22 PM
Linda Brewer

Michael, as the mother of some musicians I appreciate your goal. I love your historical approach. Let me know when the recital is going to be. (Meanwhile, I am writing the April story as if I had a brick in my head instead of a brain. All of a sudden the cello seems tempting.)

Apr. 18 2013 07:01 PM

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