"It has more character, simply and more rhythmical strength. This is typical of the French overture" Marc Coppey
"The student plays the prelude of the Suite number 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach for solo cello, which in this case includes a fugato. Marc Coppey, the master, listens to the performance attentively, and congratulates the student. Then, he talks about a particularity of this suite, which proposes to tune the first string one tone lower, from A to G. This has consequences on the harmonics of the instrument, and gives it a particular sound. Furthermore, the master says that the minor key is incredibly dark, ""and the fact that the high register is less bright gives it a different color.""
Later, Coppey highlights the fact that it is a French Suite, and one of its characteristics is that it has an overture with a lot of dotted rhythm, as well as a Gavotte, a French Courante. Together they work on the peculiar character of this suite.
"Later, the master says that in this overture there is a Fugato (it does not become a Fugue), so he suggests to the student several things to express more the variety of voices, taking into account that there is a lot of polyphony.
Throughout the class, they work hard on the ways of generating and releasing the harmonic tension, modulations and color changes. “This is a space where you have to be sensitive to the color of the chord,"" said Coppey. They also go over the importance of breathing. It is, without a doubt, an unmissable class on one of the most important pieces in the solo cello repertoire.
-Scordattura: the first string, A, goes down to a G
-C minor key is incredibly dark
-One characteristic of the French suite is that it usually has an overture
-There is a Fugato, more than a Fuge
-There is a lot of polyphony
-Importance of working with the harmonic tension
-The idea of the dotted rhythm where the short note belongs to the next one
-Importance of taking into consideration the motive and the harmony, because the pulse itself is not enough
-The importance of breathing
-Never forget the theme, the subject of the fugue