_ / ` INTERNET | CELLO -|- SOCIETY | \_/ 'TUTTI CELLI' Monthly Newsletter,
NEW ICS MEMBERS MESSAGE
Welcome to the Internet Cello Society! We are currently 300 members strong
and represent 14 different countries around the world!
'Tutti Celli' is the Internet Cello Society's monthly newsletter and serves
several purposes: 1.) to make announcements of new happenings within ICS,
within the Internet music world, and throughout the real music world. 2.)
to feature a prominent cellist and an ICS member. 3.) and to summarize activities
in ICS cello forums and departments. For easier readability, you may want
to print out this electronic newsletter.
ICS is a virtual community of cellists that relies on its membership to
***volunteer time, share expertise, write articles, and submit archive materials.***
If you have any documents that you would like to share with the global society
of users, send them directly to CelloTalk@aol.com or on disk via snail mail.
For a truly global perspective of the music world, the Internet Cello Society
needs the active cooperation and contribution of each of its members.
ICS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
This month the magic number seems to be 300. We have now 300 members and
our World Wide Web frontpage has been visited 300 times in the last week!
We are happy to hear that someone is checking out our site. Recently we
have made several modifications our WWW site:
and would like to get your feedback. On the frontpage, please check out
the "What's New" link. Volunteer and non-cellist Josh Childers
is still working hard on establishing a comprehensive, bug-free registration
form and search tool program. His effort will greatly enhance our WWW site.
We hope he can get it done soon...if you are particularly eager for this
feature, please drop a note of encouragement to Josh at email@example.com://tahoma.cwu.edu:2000/~michelj/
ICS is running out of Member Spotlights and Feature Articles. We need the
participation of each member to create an interesting and truly internet-ional
society. Please submit original articles, or articles that you think warrant
reprinting. The other option is to have only a bi-monthly newsletter. Tell
me what you prefer.
America Online users will be happy to hear that World Wide Web access is
just around the corner! Here is the lastest from the President of AOL, Steve
"Dear [AOL] members:
As I said last month, providing you with a World Wide Web connection has
been one of our top development priorities. We're readying Web browsers
for both Windows and Mac, and they should be available at about the same
time. The engineering is now "code complete" and we are making
good progress in quality assurance testing. We're aiming to make these browsers
available for downloading late this month, but as I said in my letter last
month, there's a chance availability may slip into early May. But when you
see our browser in action, I think you'll agree that the enhancements we've
incorporated make it well worth the wait."
If you have direct internet access, all you need is a World Wide Web browser
like Mosaic, Netscape, MacWeb, or the text only Lynx application. After
opening your browser application, simply open the URL address of the Internet
Cello Society WWW site:
A bit of the New York subway life came to the small town of Ellensburg,
WA in the form of the unique Chinese violinist Chen Cong. The second involved
experiencing the increased freedom, power and energy of the body by applying
principles of the Alexander Technique.
He talked about how the 1966 Cultural Revolution under Mao Zedong and other
govermental restrictions suppressed his musical aspirations. After he miraculously
obtained a Visa, he came to New York and enrolled at Manhattan School of
Music. Upon his arrival he had essentially no money, but, after observing
musicians performing in the subway, he decided to try playing as well. He
became very successful at it. Chen Cong, also a remarkable storyteller,
recounted how he dragged $800 worth of quarters to the bank in order to
exchange it for bills. Because he didn't have an account, he was forced
to return and pay his rent in quarters! He also paid his $4000 of tuition
in single dollar bills! Chen Cong is an inspiring living story of resilience,
unwavering dedication to music making, and endearing, humble appreciation
for everything good in life. You may have read the recent New York Times
profile of Mr. Chen: "his devotion to making beautiful music carried
him through persecution, delivered him to America and has blossomed two
decades later into such a striking, unanticipated flower that beggars empty
their tattered cups into his violin case."
While many musicians are already aware of the benefits of the Alexander
Technique, I had my first in-depth experience this past weekend. Clinician
and cellist Suzanne Finger gave a workshop on the principles of the Alexander
Technique. She described the nature of the Alexander Technique in various
terms including the conscious awareness of the body and its parts to modify
subconscious habits. Through positive, simple suggestions she guided the
parts of the body into natural balance and lengthened alignment. Her method
was not goal oriented but process oriented in that the purpose was to heighten
awareness not necessarily to get it correct. The class learned more efficient
approaches to standing, walking, sitting, looking around, resting, and establishing
various instrument positions. And as a cellist I learned how to avoid straining
of the back to reach for the lower positions and how to prevent the joint
pain I had been having in the third joint of my left second finger. The
problem was not where I had expected; I exerted unnecessary force to lift
my third and fourth finger, and this caused the undo pressure on the joint.
Until the ICS membership reaches 500, forum discussion will be done via
e-mail correspondence. Please continue sending questions and letters to
the appropriate forum leaders below.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
***If you would like to respond to something you have read in 'Tutti Celli',
write to CelloTalk@aol.com and type
"Letter to Editor" in subject field. (Letters may be edited.)***
NEW MEMBERSHIP LETTERS
What a great idea - I am an Internet novice but this has given me the inspiration
to get better! Anyway best wishes from us all over here - we are looking
forward to a fruitful exchange of ideas.
Director, Cello Club from Great Britain
I recently discovered you on the Web and would like to become a member.
Thanks for all your hard work putting this together! It's look great! I
found out about ICS from a friend who "surfs the Web." I don't
have access to WWW at work or at home, but my husband does at this lab.
I'm looking forward to all that you will be offering via WWW.
Maria E. Schwartz
University of Illinois
A SURVEY OF BACH SUITE EDITIONS
by Tim Finholt
With more than 80 editions of the Bach Cello Suites, it is no wonder why
cellists have difficulty choosing just one. As the article suggests, each
edition serves its own purpose, either to show the interpretation of a renowned
cellist or to preserve the authenticity of the original copies of the manuscript.
One could buy all the editions and make ones own assessment as to the value
of each edition, but Tim Finholt spares us some trouble and cash.
***For a complete transcript of the Survey of Bach Suite Editions, click
on title or write to "CelloPaul@aol.com" and type "Bach"
in the subject field. Please note that there are some graphics of musical
excerpts that will accompany the article. The scanned graphics are in jpeg
This month's spotlight is on an important contributor to the Internet Cello
Society. The past three feature articles of 'Tutti Celli' have been written
by Tim Finholt. An excellent amateur cellist, he makes his living as an
electrical engineer. I can testify to his intense passion for Bach and the
cello. At the annual Seattle Cello Society Bach Marathon, he played the
Prelude of Bach Suite #5 in c minor powerfully and with much sincere expression.
***For a complete transcript of this member's spotlight, click on title
or write to "CelloPaul@aol.com" and type "TFinholt"
in the subject field.***
!!!What's going on? Where are all you talkative, opinionated musicians?
Please write the forum directors and start up some controversial topics!
Let the fur fly!!!
***This newsletter section will draw from correspondence and discussion
in the following on-line departments. All members are encouraged to join
a specific forum mailing list. Send any pertinent discussion, questions
& answers, articles or other correspondence to the appropriate department.
***Stacy Cowley, forum director at: Isoma@aol.com***
CELLO TEACHER (K-12, College & Private)
***Bret Smith, forum director at BPSmith@aol.com***
PROFESSIONAL PERFORMER (Orchestral, Chamber Music & Solo)
***Paul Critser, forum director can be contacted at CelloPaul@aol.com***
- Overheard on the net (rec.music.classical.performing):
R(> Does anyone have suggestions on methods or brands for installing
R(> electric pickup on a cello?
R(> I need more volume, but I do not think a mike will do it.
R(> Bob Rentler
Probably the best solution is a combination aproach... a pickup and a mike.
The setup that was recomended to me by Mark O'connor was to use a L.R. Baggs
pickup, and a small mike mounted on a flexible stalk, so you can experiment
and find a good mike placement depending on your playing environment. You
want to also have some kind of mixing control on the instrument, for
What a lot of us in Nashville use in live situations is a bit simpler, just
a small mike attached with velcro to the strings just below the bridge.
use a lapel mike I bought at Radio Shack, which is a Crown mike actually.
It's a condenser, with a little battery pack, and if the battery is fresh,
can get a great sound out of it.
>I have been trying to find info. about this too!
> Would a simple acoustic guitar pickup do?
I'd be surprised if you could get a good sound out of a guitar pickup,
but if you just want to experiment, it might be good enough. I've
never heard a pickup for bowed strings that produced a good natural
arco sound. Since they are on the bridge, they seem to pick up a lot of
bow/string/rosin sounds that aren't normally heard. For quite a few
years, Barcus-Berry was considered to be the best string-player's pickup,
and with a pre-amp and some EQ, you can get a pretty good sound. No
doubt there is better stuff on the market these days.
If you need to play at rock band volumes, a mic is pretty sure to cause
feedback problems, but a mix of mic+pickup can be a good solution in a
lot of situations.
Zeta is a company which is making MIDI compatible pickups for violin &
cello and I've heard a couple of people say that they are very good.
(they also make non-MIDI models). Shar Products have a couple of contact
mikes in their catalog for less than $30, as well as Zeta instruments and
pickups (no prices...)
- firstname.lastname@example.org --- Korokoro, New Zealand -
- Principal Double Bass, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra -
My Home Page
A Zeta pickup is the way to go if you can afford it.
jesse wolff email@example.com http://www.engr.wisc.edu/~wolffj
CELLIST-BY-NIGHT ***Kirsten Schmitt, forum director***
(unavailable at this time; temporarily send to CelloTalk)
- REVIEWS of Cello Recordings, New Repertoire, Contemporary Cello Music
***Dale E. Newton, contributing writer***
- INSTRUMENTS & EQUIPMENT-- Instrument Maintenance, Purchasing & Selling
***If you have any questions on this topic, contact KRB100@aol.com.***
- CELLO MUSIC LIBRARIAN
***Sarah Dorsey, official ICS librarian at SBDORSEY@steffi.uncg.edu
(Please do not abuse this valuable service; check local libraries and resources
before contacting Sarah.)***
- MUSIC FESTIVAL WATCH
***If you have announcements, comments or reviews of music festivals, please
contact Roberta Rominger at firstname.lastname@example.org***
1. Cello-Festival in Kronberg, Germany Oct. 19-22, 1995. Recitals,
master classes, workshops, lectures, films, and panel discussions on
du Pre and Feuermann. Soloists include Natalia Gutman, Julius Berger,
Cho Young-Chang, Patrick & Thomas Demenga, Frans Helmerson, Mischa
Maisky, Antonio Meneses and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. More info from:
International Academy of Chamber Music Kronberg, Konigsteinerstr. 5,
D-61476 Kronberg, Germany.
2. Pine Mountain Music Festival (upper peninsula Michigan) 3 weeks in
June, 1995. Opera, symphony & chamber music concerts, jazz, new music,
master classes, lectures, workshops. More info from Laura Deming--
email her at OperaCello@aol.com.
Claudio Jaffe has volunteered to inform CompuServe users of the Internet
Cello Society and regularly post the 'Tutti Celli' Newsletter. He can be
contacted at email@example.com
***If you would like to contribute an article about other topics, write
If you know of any other cello society newsletters, bibliographies of music,
teaching materials, references, indices, lists or articles that should be
added to ICS Library, please (send data to CelloTalk@aol.com
or send disks to Internet Cello Society; c/o John Michel; 1309 Skyline Drive;
Ellensburg, WA 98926.)
- New York Cello Society Newsletter (front page)
- Oregon Cello Society Newsletters (two complete issues)
Library contents will be available to all Internet users; please include
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ACTIVITIES AND NOTES BOARD
***All members are welcome to post announcements or news that are pertinent
to our global cello society. Send information to BPSmith@aol.com***
OTHER INTERNET MUSIC RESOURCES
***Paul Critser, ICS Internet Surfer at CelloPaul@aol.com***
- E-mail lists
on musical topics
- For some info on classical
music you may "www" to
You find there scores to be retrieved by ftp and then printed
e.g. my edition of Bach's sonatas and partitas for violin solo(*)
and my edition of Mozart's Duos for violin and viola (KV 423/424)(**).
(*) I've finished the 1st sonata (BWV1001) and are working on the 2nd;
a version of BWV1001 for viola may be delivered on request for
(**) the only edition I know of, which has a transcription for 2nd violin.
- The new URL for my listing
of new music on the Internet is now:
If you have music on the net ready to be listened to or a WWW page about
your new music compositions and want to get linked drop me a line!
- An unofficial Perth
Classical Music Diary by Jase
ps. check out http://www.uwa.edu.au/student/jlchong/jase.html for
Perth Classical Music Diary, Perth Club Guide, and information on
his music - mods and MIDI :)
- New Zealand
Symphony Orchestra home page
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra schedule maintained by someone at the University
- Keith Moulton's opera links
- For a good list
of orchestra URLS/ from Yahoo!
- Virtual Audio is the
new Internet music preview service
dedicated to Jazz, New Age, Contemporary Instrumental, Electronic,
and other types of Classically inspired and alternative music.
Virtual Audio allows you to sample music from many popular CD's.
Come browse our Web pages and let your ears take a musical journey
that will introduce you to many talented artists.
Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Classifieds are now possible via the WWW Classical Music Store! Any businesses
or individuals that might be interested in posting advertisements, please
write CelloTalk@aol.com and type
"classifieds" in subject field.
- New Directions in Cello Playing by Victor Sazer ***NEW***
- Camp Directory by Sandy Caviezel (coming soon)
Address letters to the appropriate department editors listed above
and any other correspondence to John Michel at CelloTalk@AOL.COM
Send comments on the content of this server to John
Michel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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