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Episode 6, April 24, 2006 – Popper Gavotte

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The music for this episode is a dance written by David Popper. He lived about one hundred years ago and he was fairly well known at the time. He travelled and performed on the cello and also wrote lots of cello music. He must have been a very hardworking person. I think this music is a bit lighter and more fun. It is a dance called a Gavotte.

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  1. Absolutely beautiful! That was a magnificent piece. I could actually imagine tiny dancers in my mind dancing to the music, lol. Can’t wait until next episode to discover what you will play. Thanks for the amazing music!

  2. Beautiful music. I play the French horn, and if I were to take up playing a stringed instrument it would be the cello. You make me want to start looking for one. Bravo!

  3. This is the first time I’ve heard or seen any of Popper’s work performed, and as a growing cellist myself I really appreciated and enjoyed your interpretation of it. I’m curious to know if this is out of his reknown 40 etudes? Again, thank you for playing, and keep up the excellent work!

  4. wow great… !!! MR.Celliest where did you get the piece of that song.. its so nice .. i wanna try it, of course i will watch your movie 500 times first .. heheheh thanks… excited to the next movie…. good day! =)

  5. Hi Luke! I just purchased my first video iPod and tried to subscribe to your podcast series via iTunes. Unfortunately, it seems that your video format is incompatible with my 5G iPod player.
    Have you considered using a free video converter to make your series more iPod friendly? You can get one here:
    Hope this helps. Keep up the great work!
    Hugh Sung

  6. Rich – This is the D Major Gavotte by David Popper. Originally it is for cello and piano.

    Chris – Popper wrote 40 Etudes, this is a separate piece. He also wrote many little pieces like this one.

    An iPod edition is in the works. It should be available through iTunes tomorrow.

    Thank you for all the feedback to everyone. Please keep posting it.


  7. wow. interesting interpretation…i do very different fingerings and stuff, and our speeds are different too…but i really like this. thanks for putting this here so we can learn more =)

  8. This is so awesome, I really like it – a friend of mine (“sera”) played this for a competition, so I know it’s pretty damn challenging 😛 would you possibly be able to put on a video of the cello accompanied by piano?

  9. I cannot thank you enough for this website. I am a beginner and it is so helpful to actually be able to see you play. You play beautifully. Thank you for this inspiration to all the aspiring cellists out there!

  10. Hello Luke,

    your podcast is really great. Before I found your podcast I didn’t really know classical cello pieces, but I was a fan of the cello rock band Apocalyptica. Thanks to you I also got to know the other beautiful pieces that exist for cello and I decided to learn playing cello.
    I’m really excited but I’m still at the beginning 🙂 I hope that I can someday also play such pieces like Gavotte 😉

    Yours, Patrick

  11. This is pretty good, of course, but I’m so used to hear the gavotte with piano, that it seems a bit incomplete. Is there a possiblity of a rebroadcast of this with Ross?

  12. Greg- Thanks. I agree. I think Popper’s music has so many nice melodies and it is really memorable. It really shows off the cello nicely.


  13. Pretty cool, although I’m pretty that section with the harmonics from 2:53 til 3:00 should be the same tempo as the rest of it.

  14. Tradge – This section with the harmonics is neat because it sounds a bit like the theme from that western movie with Clint Eastwood, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” It has a similar timbre and sequence of notes.


  15. wow! Great job!!
    I recognize this piece and it is in book 7 of the Suzuki method and I’m dreading having to play this but you make it look fun!
    Just one question: what position are you in when you play those really high harmonics in thumb position? I mean like 10 or 11? Seems pretty high

  16. Carter – Great that you are coming up on that piece. I am not sure positions up there even have numbers. Harmonics are a bit easier than playing the actual notes.


  17. my grandmother got me into classical music. i hear you playing and at times im brought to tears. i never right on web sight but after hearing you i must. even my friends (ho mainly lisen to rap and R&B) like you. and im happy that you can inspire a younger crowd

  18. I enjoyed listening, but I didnt like your interpretation of the song much. It seemed very standard and ‘by the book’. I recently played this song for a college audition and I feel like there should have been more passion.

    I admire your ability to work around the cello so effortlessly. Very Nice.

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