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Professor aims to do the impossible with cello

He will play all of Bach's suites for unaccompanied cello in one go.
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An associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is to attempt the impossible when he sits down with his trust cello this weekend.

Benjamin Whitcomb, who has been teaching at the university for 13 years, will attempt to perform all of Bach's six suites for unaccompanied cello – in one sitting, reported the Royal Purple.

Professor Whitcomb, who specialises in applied cello and theory, told the newspaper: "The Bach suites are the pinnacle. I would argue that they are the most important part of the cello repertoire.

Indeed, Bach's suites were never designed to be performed in one go, so audience members will be treated to quite an exceptional musical experience to say the least.

"The benefit I see from hearing all of these in one sitting is that you can hear how Bach writes within these dance styles, yet made them sound so different that they sound like they were made by different composers," he said.

He achieves this by playing the musical instrument with minimal pauses and through a quick tempo approach.

Recently, a cello player revealed he had given up his day job as a musician to spend time crafting miniature versions of musical instruments.

David Edwards now produces dollhouse-sized musical instruments.

ADNFCR-2133-ID-801100343-ADNFCR Posted on 12 Nov 2011 12:46 to category : Instruments News

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