Posted by dgee on May 13, 1999 at 14:56:33:
In Reply to: Time constraints! posted by Charles Brooks on May 13, 1999 at 13:35:22:
I think that somehow things have changed regarding the cello. At least it feels like that to me today. Maybe not. Perhaps it was my own youth or perhaps it it was a fact that during the sixties and seventies, there was a feeling that being alive and being a cellist and musician was the most beautiful thing to be and to do. The feeling in life was one of soft and warm breezes, of eternal time, of the unnoticed passage of time, of each day being a long, meaningful adventure. I haven't felt that in quite a few years although I do think about it often. Personally, I believe that art requires long hard hours of work but also of time to ponder and to feel the breezes and the sunsets. But even this kind of talk is outdated these days. Yet, the peace of natural beauty and the soft, unconsidered passage of time has to re-enter our lives.
As much as I would like to say Yo Yo was a student of Parisot at Yale, the fact is that he was a student at Juilliard Prep,I believe at least symbolically with Leonard Rose, and then went to Harvard University for college. Parisot has created great cellists of people with long fingers and also of people with short fingers. It doesn't matter. Yo Yo probably plays with the flat part of the finger for tone quality, although virtuosity can be hampered unless one shifts over to the tips. Yo Yo certainly has virtuosity, however. You are a thoughtful person. Keep moving forward! DG
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