/ ` INTERNET CELLO SOCIETY ©
\_/ TUTTI CELLI' Bi-Monthly Newsletter, November/December 1995
TUTTI CELLI CONTENTS
WELCOME to the Internet Cello Society! We
are currently 850 members strong and represent 26 different countries around the world! Countries represented include Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Japan, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, Sweden, South Africa, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.
'TUTTI CELLI' is the Internet Cello Society's bi-monthly newsletter and serves several purposes: 1.) to make announcements of what is new at the ICS World Wide Web site, within the Internet music world, and throughout the real music world. 2.) to feature a distinguished cellist, an ICS member, and interesting articles. 3.) and to summarize activities in ICS cello forums and departments.
The WORLD WIDE WEB houses the Internet Cello Society at this address:
The WWW allows for the quick transfer of information in the form of text, graphics, movies, and sounds to anywhere in the world. 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 (Netscape is highly recommended!). After opening your browser application, simply open the URL address of the Internet Cello Society WWW site:
ICS ONLINE SERVICES include the following:
*A Cello Introduction, an interactive multimedia presentation
*'Tutti Celli', an online copy and back issues
*Young Cellists, Professional Performers, Teachers, Cellist-By-Night Forums
*Library archives including various cello society newsletters, articles, etc....
*Membership register (optional) searchable by various criteria
*Classifieds and advertisements via The Web Classical Music Store
*Links to other Internet music resources
ICS MEMBERSHIP affords benefits as well as responsibility. As a virtual community of cellists, ICS relies on its membership to write articles, volunteer time, share expertise, 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.
Members are requested to fill out the complete REGISTRATION FORM to be added to our ICS online directory. The Netscape browser is recommended for form submission. The form is located at the URL address:
As more ICS members voluntarily register in our online directory, members can search for other cellists by name, address, schools attended, teachers, city, country and more!!! Check out this incredible database of cellists from around the world:
The main pages of the ICS World Wide Web have been browsed 2000 TIMES in the past month!
In the few weeks that the ICS new membership registry has been online,
350 ICS MEMBERS have submitted their information. As more and more cellists register as members of ICS, the directory search tool will become very useful. One can search for colleagues of the same school or teacher. Cello students can search for possible teachers in their area!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ICS ONLINE CHATTING SCHEDULE VIA IRC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our first ICS online meetings using WebChat did not attract enough members to hold useful discussion. Many members still do not have access to the Web, so we are going to try something else. ICS is going to open multi-user online real time chatting over the Internet via IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Thanks to the efforts of our IRC host Nicoletta Pintor, ICS will be opening up the channel #ICS. Everyone can open the channel at any time, and our IRC host will be online:
EVERY SATURDAY AT 1:00PM PST OR 4:00PM EST starting November 4th.
***Check out these easy step-by-step instructions on how to use IRC.*** Please join us; we need a good showing to make this worthwhile. If you have any further questions, please direct them to Nicoletta Pintor at email@example.com
The 70th Birthday of Rostropovich brings us the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to a living legend. Having commissioned and performed countless, great cello works of this century, Rostropovich is the center of admiration and gratitude of cellists. Read the to see how you can help Glenn Garlick and the National Capital Cello Club create a gift of thanks for Slava from all the cellists of the world.
Thanks to the continued dedication and effort of our ICS staff, this issue of Tutti Celli is full of interesting information about the cello, artists and music resources. NICOLETTA PINTOR has volunteered to champion the IRC online chatting meetings. Please show your support by making the extra effort to show up at the first meeting. Mark your calendar for this Saturday at 1:00pm PST or 4:00pm EST. Many of you may not have seen the fast growing ICS bulletin board located at
which has been well maintained by ARTURO LARIZZA, our HTML Author. We could use more help in this area. Our forum directors STACY COWLEY, BRET SMITH, PETER CRITSER and TIM FINHOLT have been actively involved stimulating discussion and compiling their own forum mailing lists.
TIM FINHOLT has once again brought ICS an exclusive interview with a distinguished cellist! Glenn Garlick is the Assistant Principal Cellist of the National Symphony. Past exclusive interviews of Gordon Epperson and Jeffrey Solow can be found in our WWW Library. The member spotlight is on PATRICE CARBONNEAU and her love affair with music and the cello. ROBERTA ROMINGER represented ICS at the Kronberg Cello Festival and shares her report of the events. Our Internet Surfer PAUL CRITSER found some new internet sites of interest and more and more individuals and businesses are being linked up to our gateway. Special thanks goes to JOSH CHILDERS who with his expertise and many hours of work has made it possible to have a WWW ICS site. He maintains the server, developed the membership directory and search programs, and continues to serve as our technical assistant. Please let these volunteers and all of the ICS staff know how much you appreciate their efforts.
***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.)***
I just had the wonderful opportunity to read "The Cellist of Sarajevo" and I must tell you, it really moved me. I've shared this tale with some of my friends, none of which play the instrument, but all with a love for it and the beautiful music it can make. This story sings the same sweet sounds that I hear coming from the cello in the hands of a master like Yo Yo Ma. So I can well understand the thrill the author must have felt during the playing of The Cellist of Sarajevo and his reaction immediately after when the two embraced near his seat. What a wonderful human experience, truly one we would all love to be able to tell our children about. I sincerely thank him for not saving it only for his son, for it is a story that needs to be told, time and time again. It is truly good for the human spirit. By the way, would you happen to know if the event was recorded or video taped? I realize that a recording could never replace the live experience, but for those of us that missed it, this might be the next best thing.
John Beach at JWB@SLAC.Stanford.EDU
***I too was moved by the power of the human spirit demonstrated by these cellists. Hopefully an ICS member has more information on a recording or video of the performance. If you find one, please let us know.
Congratulations on this monumental success. It was a cellist (George Mason, I believe) who started music education in the United States; it should be a cello newsletter that takes us into the 21st century! The UConn Cello Society has over 250 members throughout New England and publishes a yearly newsletter. How can I have our newsletter included in your newsletter pages?
Thomas L. Morehouse
***Delighted to have another newsletter to include in our library. Just send me copies (preferably over the Net), and I will load them.
Hi. My name is Abi Plawman. I have been playing the cello for 2 and a half years. I am very interested in the cello society, and I am looking for a cello player in a country other than the US or Canada who is around the age of 13 to send e-mail to.
ABI at Aaabster@aol.com
Delightful to find you. I would love to join and share experiences. I play "by night" with a piano quartet and in a community orchestra and would like to find some repertoire that is off the beaten track a bit. Again - great to find you on the internet.
I live in Mexico, in a state called Coahuila. I'm on Uni, trying to understand how this electronics works.... And I'm now trying to play cello. Well, I was on NetScape and I just saw your little page, I was looking for tips or whatever, and I noticed your group is just great. Please, let me know what goes on and how can I be a member.
Thanks for all!
Luis Gerardo Barajas Bermejo
CABIN SEAT BAGGAGE: FLYING WITH A CELLO
by Michael Bersin
"At some time in your career as a cellist, you will find yourself
booked on a commercial airline flight, needing to get to your ultimate
destination with your cello intact. In this era of airline deregulation
and the preponderance of airport "hubs," unless you live in a major
city, you will not find a direct flight. If you check your cello as
baggage, it will travel long distances outside, sometimes in extreme
weather, and probably under the significant weight of other travelers'
luggage. We all know, either first hand, or from friends or
acquaintances, of horror stories about cellos checked as baggage."
So what are we supposed to do? Michael Bersin tells us how to get our cellos to their destinations safely. Some basic rules for success are utilizing the travel agent, checking in early, and knowing the different type of aircraft. He explains how the SFAR and the DGR-1 and the 14CFR121.285 can give you the legal edge. Also, your cello can accumulate those frequent flier mileage points!
CONVERSATION WITH GLENN GARLICK
***An Internet Cello Society Exclusive***
Glenn Garlick is the Assistant Principal Cellist of the National Symphony in Washington, DC. He shares his unique experiences working with Ron Leonard, Joseph Gingold, and Dmitri Rostropovich. Included are his observations of Rostropovich teaching Wendy Warner in a lesson and relays the humorous stories of Rostropovich. Mr. Garlick gives some practical advice about orchestral auditions and a positive perspective of the status of "the orchestra". Before his appointment to the National Symphony, he performed in a Marine Band and then received a degree in law from Georgetown University.
PATRICE CARBONNEAU: LOVE AT FIRST LISTEN
"It was on television, at age 15, that I first heard the prelude to Bach's first suite. It sent a shiver down my spine, and it still does. My relationship with music started out rather slowly. My mother listened to a lot of music, and I was very much into Baroque style. Hearing that prelude tempted me to start playing, but silly reasons like: "It's too late to start" kept me away. I'll never forget the feeling of "rightness" I felt when I first held the cello. The grandest moment in that lesson was when I first put bow to string, I don't know how, but I managed to get a nice open C right away, It was love at first listen!"
For Patrice, her relationship with the cello developed over many years. She was inspired by artists Jordy Savall, Peter Wispely and Anne-Marie Cassidy. She found that participating in the making of music gave her a better understanding of the music she already enjoyed listening to. Despite the difficulties of playing the cello, she encourages other members to take off the headphones and pick up the cello.
***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. ***
- THE YOUNG CELLIST
***Stacy Cowley, forum director at: Isoma@aol.com***
INTRO: The Young Cellists Forum is a meeting and correspondence place for all cellists under 21. Whether you plan a professional career or your playing is strictly for fun, this is the forum for you!
- The Young Cellists' Forum is currently looking for information about college, conservatory, and summer programs. All comments are encouraged - if you've attended a music training program, good or bad, let us know about your experiences! Correspondence should be sent to Isoma@aol.com.
- THE CELLO TEACHER (K-12, College & Private)
***Bret Smith, forum director at BPSmith@aol.com***
INTRO: Welcome to the ICS Cello Teacher forum. We discuss the highs, lows, potentials, problems, and all other interesting aspects of the cello teaching process. Please join us to post ideas about literature, teaching metaphors, anecdotes, or just a greeting. Your host is BPSmith, a cellist and teacher.
(Bret Smith's reply to a new cello teacher forum member)
- Jane raises some common difficulties we all probably have dealt with in our own teaching. Finding appropriate and musically satisfying repertoire for young students is a challenge, yet we know it's out there! I have been very happy with the works of Romberg, and suggested the sonata in E minor as well. With regard to cello sizing, I defer to the judgement of a physician as far as physical damage is concerned. I have had small students play on over-sized cellos, and the main difficulty is acquiring a stable left hand position and good intonation. Extensions are also an obvious difficulty. If the student has some fluidity in moving around the neck, making "mini-shifts" for the longer stretches, it seems to me that, although not desirable or ideal, it could work. Perhaps our readers have different views.
- Bret Smith
- THE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMER (Orchestral, Chamber Music & Solo)
***Paul Critser, forum director can be contacted at CelloPaul@aol.com***
INTRO: What does it take to make a living on the cello?
- Many of you read and commented on my article (5/95) on the Plant/Page concert here in Pittsburgh. Well, at least one of you saw a different side of the duo. To offset my feel-good version of the concert, I'm forwarding the following. [name withheld by request] Hey, let's face it. For working musicians, it isn't always "a pretty picture." ;-)
> I read your article about the Page/Plant gig. [identifying material
> deleted] I have a different perspective on the concerts.
> I play commercial music all the time so it seems foreign to me to have a
> rehearsal with the major artists as that is not the norm in places like
> [the east coast]. But we had the opportunity to rehearse with
> Page/Plant during a special added rehearsal to try a new arrangement.
> Those guys were great, but Jimmy was drunk or stoned and by concert time
> almost needed to be propped up and he missed licks in Black Dog.
> I don't have time to write more but I'll write you after the next gig.
Thanks so much for sharing that experience! I encourage ALL of you to write and share experiences. Together, we can create a clearer picture of the performing life!
- THE CELLIST-BY-NIGHT
***Tim Finholt, interim forum director can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org***
INTRO: The Cellist by Night Forum is for those who play the cello purely for the love of it, and want to learn more about our wonderful instrument. If you need help with certain passages in your music, choosing repertoire, thoughts on stage fright, finding good books and articles, or you need to talk about anything musical, then write to Tim Finholt at email@example.com.
- In the past two months some important issues were discussed in the Cellist-by-Night Forum. We discussed how much one should spend on an instrument, how to find a good cello teacher, and contemporary chamber works for piano trio or quartet. I also asked the forum if they have any regrets about not starting the cello sooner or not pursuing a music career. Though many wish they had discovered the wonders of the cello earlier, none seemed to have any regrets. Some feel that they appreciate the cello and cello lessons more as an adult than they would have as a child. One person also said, "I make a good living as a chemistry professor ... I make more money than my cello teacher."
- Tim Finholt
(A letter of thanks to our active forum director Tim Finholt)
- Tim, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your in-depth response to my question about cello prices; your comments were very illuminating. Your suggestions for further reading/research were also extremely helpful. I have already read John Holt's _Never Too Late_ & agree that it is a marvelous book. In fact, although I listen to classical music quite a bit & have for some time been especially drawn to music for the cello, I'm not sure that it would ever have dawned on me that I could even in some small measure take an active role in making music with this instrument if I had not read about Holt's experience. Finally, MANY thanks for the simple encouragement. I was quite hesitant to mention to anyone that I entertained a secret desire to take up the cello; I assumed that most people--especially musicians--would discourage me. As it happens, the musically informed have assured me that there is no reason why I should not pursue my ambition--an ambition which seemed perfectly natural to them! I can't tell you how important this encouragement has been to me.
- Merci mille fois,
- Tim Kevil
- University of North Texas
- REVIEWS of Cello Recordings, New Repertoire, Contemporary Music
***Dale E. Newton, contributing writer***
- INSTRUMENTS & EQUIPMENT--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***
REPORT FROM KRONBERG
- "Cello-Festival 2" they called it, four days of glorious music in the surroundings of a medieval German town. Kronberg is nestled in the hills just above Frankfurt. We went to hear master classes in the castle, parts of which date from 1220, the Hembushaus, 1350, now the home of the International Chamber Music Academy, and the Streitkirche, 1737.Concerts and recitals were either in the big town hall--the only building large enough to accommodate all 300+ of us--or the Johanneskirche, 1440. And the Receptur, the old bailiff's house dating from 1704, was filled with displays of contemporary instruments and bows, available for trial and purchase.
- All these incredible venues meant that you might be squashed in behind a pillar or up in a balcony with the action taking place underneath you or behind so many heads that you couldn't see a thing, but when that happened, you just studied the walls or the ceiling instead and it was nearly as good.
- The music was outstanding. Hindemith's cello output was highlighted, performed with great conviction by Natalia Gutman, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Julius Berger. We were treated to presentations about Feuermann by people who knew him, most notably his sister Sophie, now 88, who as a Jew had vowed never again to set foot on German soil, but who came to take part in the Festival. What a character she is! Her stories made Feuermann come alive for us again.
- We were also treated to a feast of cello ensembles. The Cellissimo Ensemble of Frankfurt provided a light touch, with tangos and Duke Ellington and an unforgettable rendition of "Happy Birthday". More serious were the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic with their well-honed majestic sound. But my favorite was the spontaneous creation of an ensemble to play Klengel's "Hymn" for 12 cellos at the close of the Festival. The performers were the soloists we had heard through the week. We had come to know each as a distinct personality, and as the first chord of the Klengel was built, one player at a time, it was a summing up of the experience that we had had together: many different personalities and styles and insights coming together, not in competition, but in one great celebration of the cello.
- If I have succeeded in inspiring anybody else to go, Kronberg's "Cello- Festival 3" is scheduled for 16-19 October, 1997, and it will be a massive birthday party for Rostropovich, who turns 70 that year.
In the meantime:
1. 1-5 May, 1996 Manchester (England) International Cello Festival.
Details available December or early January from Alison Godlee,
The Grange, Clay Lane, Handforth, Cheshire SK9 3NR, U.K.
2. 28 May - 1 June, 1996 Fifth American Cello Congress, Tempe, Arizona.
Details from the American Cello Council, 340 West 55th St 5D,
New York, NY 10019.
***(correction of last Sept/Oct Tutti Celli--July 17-26, 1997 will see the Second LEONARD ROSE International Cello Competition at the University of Maryland but will NOT include a Cello Congress)
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***All members are welcome to post announcements or news that are pertinent to our global cello society. Send information to BPSmith@aol.com***
ROSTROPOVICH 70TH BIRTHDAY GIFT
On March 27, 1997, Mstislav Rostropovich will observe his 70th birthday. The National Capital Cello Club Board of Directors proposes that cellists worldwide pay tribute to our beloved Slava…by performing the works he has inspired (and cajoled, begged, and blackmailed) the great composers of our time to write for the cello. It is easy to be part of the celebration: play one of the pieces premiered by Slava and let us know about it. If you teach, assign the works to your students. The list includes over 100 pieces and many of them are already standard repertoire.
Glenn Garlick and David Hardy have volunteered to coordinate this project. Our goal is simple: from September 1, 1996 until June 1, 1997 every cellist in the world will be performing and/or teaching at least one of the pieces on the list. This, alone, will remind us of the great contribution to our repertoire made by Rostropovich. At the same time, we would like to give Slava a tangible expression of our appreciation. Nothing would delight him more than to hear all of our performances. Since this is not possible, we can do the next best thing and give him a book, or several books, filled with the programs. Ideally, the programs would include the date of the performance, perhaps some printed acknowledgment of Slava, and certainly a short note from the performer. Perhaps you heard Slava's premiere of the work, or you played it for him in a master class, or you were inspired to play the cello upon hearing his recording of the work, or you simply want to wish him a happy birthday! For more information, write to Slava's Birthday c/o Glenn Garlick, 1748 Kenyon Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010 or e-mail to Skorthos@aol.com.
Noted author and educator Elizabeth Green passed away recently. There was be a memorial service for her Wednesday, September 27, at 4:00 p.m. at the first Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has requested that instead of flowers memorials should be sent to the MASTA Elizabeth Green Award c/o Connie Dugger, 311 Golfview, Birmingham, MI 48009. The Elizabeth Green Fund is an endowment that provides prize money for Michigan ASTA Solo Competition winners. Many of us have been helped by her teaching and her publications. We've been amazed at her knowledge and her insight. We've admired her many accomplishments. For those who knew her personally, we will miss her kind, always humble, and very wise presence. Gabe Villasurda was one of Elizabeth Green's students at the University of Michigan. He provides a wonderful description of the memorial service and his own touching remembrance. For more information see Gabe Villasurda's posting, Sept. 29 on ASTA L.
Marshall Hutchinson at MarHut@EWORLD.COM
***Paul Critser, ICS Internet Surfer at CelloPaul@aol.com***
We'll have fun fun fun till our daddy takes the PC away!!!
- Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
- sent in by Robert Sansone (a Piatigorsky student from '61-66)
- and associate principal cellist of the ISO
- Vermont Composer Website
- Information on Musician's Injuries
- including repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Maintained by Paul Marxhausen at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Leighton WWW page
- Leighton is best known in the US for the choral and organ music, but
- there is a fine body of work for the cello, some of which has been
- recorded on Chandos by Raphael Wallfisch.
- EMail Lists/Listserves:
email@example.com (Amateur Chamber Music Players)
firstname.lastname@example.org (American Musicological Society)
email@example.com (The "Bottom Line" list)
ASTA-L@cmsuvmb.bitnet (American String Players Association)
ATMI-L@uiowa.edu (Ass. for Technology in Music Instruction)
firstname.lastname@example.org (music education)
MUSPRF-L@cmsuvmb.cmsu.edu (Music Performance and Pedagogy)
Classifieds are now possible via the Web Classical Music Store! Any businesses or individuals that might be interested in posting advertisements, please write email@example.com and type "advertising" in subject field.
- George's Music Store
- Repair instruments, rehair bows, supplies and sell Shimro cellos.
- Hans Johannsson - instrument maker; Reykjavik, Iceland
- John Friesen, Vancouver based cellist
- Tanya Prochazka, Canadian cellist
- includes her resume, and details of her CD with Stephane Lemelin
- a terrific site for classical music and instruments!!!
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