The worlds shortest cello concert.
This weekend, as part of the TCU Chamber Music Academy, I played what had to be the shortest cello concert ever. My duo partner and I played Villa Lobos' Pequena Suite. As we were the only group participating in this program, the concert lasted all of 12 min. Anyway, it was a lovely experience. I had very little stage fright -- my partner and I had been rehearsing all summer and we had received some excellent coaching from the faculty at TCU. This is the third concert or part of concert that I've played in 4 months (chamber music). We had a lot of confidence in the music, and both knew the score inside and out, so it was a very easy thing to do.
If you're looking for something a little different to do, I highly recommend the Pequena Suite. It's in 6 small movements. The hardest is the last, but everything else is very playable. As I'm on the Cellist by Night forum, my personal feelings on performance, and getting rid of those nerves that we all have are as follows: (1) playing often helps. The more you walk onto stage the more natural it feels. (2) Having confidence in the music is key -- we practiced like we performed, opening every rehearsal with a run thru then going back and working specific movements and sections. In doing this we made every mistake that could be made but kept playing just like we were on stage. By the time of our performance, there were no mistakes left to be made and we knew that if one of us messed up a little, we could carry on.
Anyway, these may be very obvious points, but it's taken me a while to learn them. And I can actually say it was "fun" to walk out there and play.
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