http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=385240526&m=385396507&t=audio Amit Peled is touring the playing Pablo Casals cello. 100 years ago the maestro played Song of the Birds at the Peabody.
Mr. Casals shaped classical music for not only for the world but also for me. I would purchase a 33 RPM album which contained Mr. Casals playing a song I was learning. I sat next to the HiFi and played a short section along with the record. Then I’d place the needle back to the beginning of that short section and play it again. Result? Scratchy record and a sort-of-learned piece. Sort of. In 1961, as a very young cellist (and devoted fan of Jackie Kennedy and her husband) I remember watching him play “Song of the Birds” at the White House–probably it was a Walter Cronkite news broadcast?
I’m 9 in the first picture, and, well, to be coy, I’m older than 9 in the second. (All of this fits into the category of #TBT!!)
While the shoes are better in the older pix, the cello in the second is way better than my original one. It has a story of its own. More to come in the “Cello Notes/Memoir, as it were” series. (A working title; ideas, people?)