music paper 15

Bach – Suite no. 2 for unaccompanied cello, Movement 1, Prelude
Yo-yo Ma – played on Modern Cello

(prelude ends at 4:20)
Mischa Maisky – played on Modern Cello
(this clip is just the Prelude)
Steuart Pincombe, played on Baroque cello
(Prelude ends at 4:52)
Eva Lymenstull, played on Baroque cello
(Prelude ends at 3:58

Your paper should be 850-1000 Words, which is 3-4 pages of double spaced 12-point typeface.

Research the Bach cello suites. Do we know when and for whom they were composed? Were they popular in his day? How are they regarded today?
Listen to these four “covers” of the Prelude. Two are on modern cello and two are on Baroque cello. Use terminology studied in class, i.e. “mezza di voce,” “timbre,” “rubato,” “vibrato,” etc. when answering the following questions:
Are there general differences in sound and interpretation between the modern and Baroque versions?
As we discussed in class, a Prelude in the Baroque suite is an improvisatory piece (i.e. sounds spontaneous as if the player is making it up on the spot.) Rank the performances from most improvisatory to least improvisatory
For the one(s) that are more improvisatory, how is this quality projected by the player?
Pay attention to the notes of longer duration. How do the different performers handle the longer notes in terms of expression (vibrato, tone color, etc.)?
Which “cover” do you like the most, which the least and why?

A – Accurate historical info; excellent use of musical terminology; no errors in spelling/grammar
B- Accurate historical info; good use of musical terminology; some errors in spelling/grammar
C- Mostly accurate historical info; fair use of musical terminology; many errors in spelling/grammar
D – Inaccurate or missing historical info; poor use of musical terminology; poor spelling/grammar
F – Not a serious effort.