Updated: Apr 11, 2021

Okay, here's the story on this piece of music- I found it in my stacks and I can't remember where it came from. If you're reading this and you're the one who gave it to me, please let me know!

Anyway, it's very catchy to listen to and to play. I had never heard of it either, so I gave it a try and those first chords that transported me directly to Spain. So I decided to keep playing and practicing...

Good thing I was hooked- this piece has a lot of sticky spots! Here are a few things that make it challenging, and ultimately really fun:

  • Double, triple and quadruple stops: this is 'cello speak' for playing more than one note at a time. I have 4 strings, so that's my max ;)

  • Natural harmonics. We could get into some physics here... ha! Or I could just tell you that sometimes instead of pressing the string to the fingerboard, I just touch it very lightly... and then I get a different and much higher pitch

  • Pizzicato: plucking the strings instead of bowing them

  • Ricochet: bouncing the bow (check out 1:30 in the video)

  • The ebb and flow of the tempo. Reminds me of when I learned to drive standard (with less swearing, thankfully)

  • Playing it all by myself. I am my own orchestra here- sheesh!

Playing this Spanish music reminds me of a great story I read and then heard again in a presentation by the author Elizabeth Gilbert. She talked about that divine inspiration that finds an artist at work and the connection between the words 'Allah' and Olé. I recommend the book to all you creatives out there (it's called Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear) and the talk too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86x-u-tz0MA&t=914s

This time around I can't tell you anything about the composer Rogelio Huguet y Tagell, except that he lived between 1882 and 1956. I'm just as flummoxed on how to pronounce his name. If anyone knows more than that, I would love to hear!

Please enjoy FLAMENCO, from Suite espagnole, No. 1

Thank you for reading and I look forward to connecting with you next time!

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