"I just wanted to show you the character that is behind and the contrast, which is extremely important in this piece. You have to be versatile. You have to be able to change personalities like this." Marc Coppey
The main theme on which the master focuses is the fact that this Suite by Stravinsky comes from a ballet called Pulcinella: “It's a commedia dell'arte, this Italian figure. So a lot of it is about theater, circus and ballet, and every piece is a character or has a different character. It is like telling a story, but there's a lot of humor, irony and many different feelings that go through the music.
In this sense, he highlights the importance of differentiating the different characters of his own, on one hand, for example, from the Serenade, and on the other from the Tarantella: “It's very contrasting, it's a bit weird. We have a nice Serenade and then suddenly we have this. It's a stronger position of the character”.
During this masterclass, they work on different cello topics (intonation, shifting positions, not going too vertical with the bow, vibrato, legato) and on how the correct use of these resources will help to find different colors and timbres.
- Having a picture of the whole piece will help characterize better excerpts of the suite
- The player must avoid cutting the phrase when shifting positions
- In this piece, the contrast is very important
- The serenade is about singing
- Tarantelle is not elegant; it’s obsessive, a little crazy
- The importance of breathing before singing
- Playing closer to the nut helps to feel more contact with the string, so the sound is a bit less superficial.