"It's like telling a story. Meaning, we don't necessarily want to separate variations. They often connect differently. Sometimes we must go on, and sometimes we have time to breathe." Marc Coppey
"After listening to the student's interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven's variations on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart themes, Marc Coppey highlights where the main melody comes from, and how the color and character of the original melody should not be lost: “The Aria character, the basic character, I don't hear enough of. I would even say this is a mini opera, in the way that it's happening through these variations. Of course, the major character is given by the theme.""
Then, the master highlights the difficulty of finding a correct balance between the elegance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and certain constitutive aspects of Ludwig van Beethoven's music: “I don't think there's anything particularly brutal or aggressive in this music, but it's more characterful, so you see more contrasted. Every variation has a certain distinctive voice, so within every variation, think about how can we bring more contrast and more life.""
"Later, the master and the student advance on different particularities of these variations, focusing on questions that particularly concern the cello, like vibrato, bowing strokes, sound, articulation, and so on.
How to go from one variation to another is a fundamental matter: “It is like telling a story. Meaning, we don't necessarily want to separate variations. They often connect differently. Sometimes we must go on, and sometimes we have time to breathe."""
-The major character is given by the theme
-The aria carachter must be presente
-The importance of the contrast between the variations
-Importance of breathing
-The variations connect differently: sometimes it´s necessary to move on, sometimes it´s better to breathe.
-Projecting the sound doesn't have to do anything with playing much louder but giving a little bit more warmth and presence to the sound
-Always the same contact on every string
-Changes of strings don't mean breaking the legato
-All this first group of variations seem to rather be connected to the theme in terms of tempo
-This is an incredible piece for experiencing experimenting different sound