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Blog do escritor Luís Soares

Pequena aula de música

Bach's G major prelude has captivated cellists and music lovers for years. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein deconstructs it. Bach's six cello suites are considered a rite of passage for cellists. They're masterpieces of classical music, and the prelude in G major — the first movement of the suites — is perhaps the best example of Bach's power as a composer. In it, he's able to achieve rich and complex harmonic movements with just a four-stringed instrument, while using the very basic tenets of music composition. Those basic tenets are what Alisa Weilerstein, a renowned cellist and McArthur fellow, helps us understand.

Perpetual Motion

In collaboration with Exposure TV, a student-led organization highlighting composers of marginalized identities, WQXR's summer interns filmed acclaimed cellist Khari Joyner playing Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's Lamentations, "Black Folk Song Suite."

Performed by Khari Joyner
Produced and Filmed by Allison Weiss and Chelsea Daniel
Audio by George Wellington
Edited by Allison Weiss
Special thanks to Justin Sergi, John Daniels, Jacqui Cheng, Natalia Ramirez, Elli Smerling, and Greta Rainbow

Ma, Bernstein, Kennedy

Dez anos antes de eu nascer, no dia exato, aconteceu isto.

The New York Times reported that on November 29, 1962, a benefit concert called "The American Pageant of the Arts" was to be held with "a cast of 100, including President and Mrs. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Leonard Bernstein (as master of ceremonies), Pablo Casals, Marian Anderson, Van Cliburn, Robert Frost, Fredric March, Benny Goodman, Bob Newhart and a 7-year-old Chinese cellist called Yo-yo Ma, who was brought to the program's attention by Casals."


As biographer Jim Whiting noted, "the article was noteworthy in two respects. First, it included Yo-Yo's name in the same sentence as those of two U.S. presidents and eight world-famous performers and writers. Second, Yo-Yo had been identified in a major newspaper for the first time. It would hardly be the last. In the years since then, the New York Times alone has written about him more than 1,000 times."

Violino & Violoncelo

Well known violist Simone Lamsma and cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière join their forces during the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival 2018. They perform Martinů's 'Duo for Violin and Cello No. 1', a musical wonder filled with Bohemian melodies and rhythms.


Martinů: Duo for Violin and Cello No. 1, H. 157
Simone Lamsma [violin]
Victor Julien-Laferrière [cello]


Recording: Saturday the 30th of June 2018, during The Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.


Thomas Larcher: Ouroboros for cello and orchestra


Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
Per Kristian Skalstad, conductor
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Recorded live at Sentralen, Oslo 13 September 2016


The ouroboros or uroborus (/ˌjʊərəˈbɒrəs/) is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. Originating in ancient Egyptian iconography, the ouroboros entered western tradition via Greek magical tradition and was adopted as a symbol in Gnosticism and Hermeticism and most notably in alchemy. Via medieval alchemical tradition, the symbol entered Renaissance magic and modern symbolism, often taken to symbolize introspection, the eternal return or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself. It also represents the infinite cycle of nature's endless creation and destructionlife, and death. The term derives from Ancient Greekοὐροβόρος, from οὐρά (oura), "tail" + βορά (bora), "food", from βιβρώσκω (bibrōskō), "I eat".

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays The Swan (From Carnival of the Animals) from his album Inspiration.


Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays his favourite concerto (Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1) on 15th May in the final of BBC Young Musician 2016 at the Barbican London. He was crowned the overall winner of the competition. Played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the conductor is Mark Wigglesworth