Cello Concerto, Op. 68, 1st movement

Cello Concerto, Op. 68, 1st movement

William Walton

Marc Coppey's masterclasses

French 1 h 2 min Cello

In this session, Marc Coppey works with his student Eleonore Rannou on bowing, vibratos, and other key essentials.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy in October, 2020 at Arc-et-Senans.

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The masterclass

About this cello masterclass 

In this masterclass, Professor Marc Coppey helps student Eleonore Rannou establish more control of the sound and the bow in order to produce more expressive music. He discusses many topics, including fingering choices, hand and arm position, and bow stroke, to assist her in playing smoothly and with connection between difficult shifts and large intervals. He also works extensively on vibrato; he demonstrates how the vibrato must fit inside the sound and how the speed and amplitude help create color. Furthermore, he also warns against vibrato disrupting intonation. 

Coppey encourages Rannou to think critically about the musical markings and how to interpret them. He stresses the importance of having a presence of sound and clarity of articulation and vibrato, even on shorter or less prominent notes. By the end of the class, the student is able to combine these technical adjustments to play the piece with more passion and flow.

What we learn in this masterclass 

  1. Bringing out the expressionist qualities of the music.
  2. How to control and vary the vibrato without disturbing the intonation.
  3. Giving 'presence' to the little notes.
  4. Making smooth changes between the strings and intervals.
  5. Flow and direction in the music. 
  • Student:Eleonore Rannou
  • Instruments: Cello
  • Date:03 October 2020
  • Academy:Academy Nov. 1 - Nov. 8, 2020
Marc Coppey

Marc Coppey

The first and most important thing is that we start with a non-vibrated sound. Because that's how you hear the sound quality. That's how you hear the intonation. And then you add a vibrato like you add salt and pepper.

Marc Coppey

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this cello masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Marc Coppey’s feedback and comments.

Marc Coppey

Marc Coppey

In 1988 won the two highest prizes of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition: the first prize and the special prize for best Bach performance.

Marc Coppey is a critically acclaimed musician and is considered to be one of today’s leading cellists worldwide. Originally from Strasbourg, France, Coppey began his musical training at the Strasbourg Conservatory before attending the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and the University of Indiana Bloomington. In 1988 at only 18-years-old, Coppey won first prize and special prize for best Bach performance at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. Since then, Marc Coppey has regularly performed as a soloist with leading orchestras in collaboration with numerous distinguished conductors. Such conductors include but are not limited to: Eliahu Inbal, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Emmanuel Krivine, Alan Gilbert, and many more. He appears regularly in some of the most prestigious concert halls across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In addition to his solo concert career, Marc Coppey is a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and leads masterclasses all over the world. What’s more, Marc Coppey lends his expertise in the arts and is the Artistic Director of the Musicales de Colmar chamber music festival as well as the Musical Director of the Zagrebacki solisti (Zagreb Soloists). In 2014, he was named the Officer des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

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