Putting Cello at the Center: Cello and Contemporary Music of the Last 15 Years
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As a music major, my capstone is a combination of my required senior recital and a research component in the form of program notes. Both my recital repertoire and my program notes are focused on one overarching question: what happens when you take the cello, often times a supporting instrument or a member of a larger ensemble in contemporary writing, and make it the focus? This is a topic very important to me as a performer and a presenter of contemporary works. Contemporary practice and electroacoustic music have been my focus for the last few years here at NIU, and I strongly believe that in a world where technology is everywhere and young artists are striving for innovative ideas, they are the future of music performance and composition. The recital consists of 4 works: one cello solo suite utilizing extended techniques (Benjamin Britten Solo Cello Suite) one solo with pre-recorded tape accompaniment (Cello Counterpoint), one solo with percussion accompaniment (Little Eye) and one duo for cello and steel pan (21). By picking all works that lie outside of a traditional chamber setting, I am enforcing the creative vision for the recital- one of contemporary works with a unique cello-centered focus.