“How to play it, this regional power struggle of ours?”

ask the Iranians & the Saudis,

as they squint at flashpoints from Yemen to Syria,

rifts with Mid-East-rending potential.

On a smaller scale,

I struggle with Bach’s Unaccompanied Suite No. 2 in D Minor, the Prelude.

Every Monday Harmon teaches me the next thing I need to know.

I listen to YouTubes. Practice. I squint, but don’t rend; just roil on

how to play it.


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* The YouTubes of famous cellists playing this piece are Very Different:

First Pablo Casals: https://youtu.be/dxMSoEeOOOU

Next: Janos Starker:


AND Jacqueline du Pre!!

and, finally, Yo Yo Ma:


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