Cello Journey #12, July 15, 2006. Hungarian Rhapsody

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The music for this episode is the Hungarian Rhapsody by David Popper. It contains a number of Hungarian melodies and songs. The video is a bit out of sync with the audio towards the end. I will fix this and upload a corrected version.For feedback please e-mail cellojourney@gmail.com or leave comments.

Comments

  1. BRAVO!! That was your best performance so far! Amazing skill and confidence! Pleeeease give me some tips on playing in tune well…I’m one of those people that can get everything right but make silly intonation slips.

    oh…and get some Daniel Van Goens heard/learned!

  2. Excellent Job!! I came across your podcast on google video and now subscribed, Thank you for turning me onto the music of David Popper, too bad I can’t play his music as I’m a double bassist. You cellists always get the fun repertoire!

    Keep up the great work

  3. P you can probably play some of David Popper on Bass. The episode with the In Memory to My Parents piece might be playable.

    Jo-Jackie – I’ve heard about Van Goens more than once now. I don’t know about his music. I have to learn more about him.

    Olivia – I went to Eastman which is somewhat similar, it is also a music school.

    The Higher Quality episodes can be best downloaded by subscribing through iTunes which is free. iTunes automatically downloads the episodes. The way it is set up now on the website is so that the videos play better on Windows computers. I will try to find an even better solution at some point.
    As usual thank you for the comments.
    Luke

  4. This must be pretty incredible, since you got my 7 year old sister to say ‘Wow’. Yet another episode that will leave me in awe for at LEAST a week. šŸ™‚ Bravo!!!
    -Madeline

  5. I was stunned after listening and viewing the video. I like Popper and his playfull melodies. What amazed me most was your technique. Everything seems so easy ( being an amateur cellist i know it isn’t). I’m looking forward to the next episode. thanks Jerry

  6. Hello i am mexican and i have like 2 years learning cello
    its amazing how u can memorize a song of 8 min in less than 2 weeks

    thank you for all the episodes
    you are great

  7. A Rhapsody is a very moody piece. And you played the Rhapsody and presented each mood well. The transitions were beautiful and you put the right amound of energy into each phrase and they came out beautifully. What an emotional piece. Bravo to you !

  8. Wow…
    That was a perfect performance! Bravo!
    Do you think you can upload some cello concerto performances(with the pianist)? I am currently practicing the Saint-Saens and Elgar Concerto and I am thinking of playing the Lalo Concerto next… If you can upload yourself playing with the pianist one of these three concertos, it would be great help for me. Maybe just a single movement for each piece if possible…

    Thank you for the uploads, i am loving each one of the episodes!

  9. As usual thank you for the nice comments and feedback. I find it really encouraging.Ā  Anyone who plays the cello, I hope your cello playing goes really well.
    Thank you for the requests. I think we will do some concertos in the future, maybe not in the next few episodes but later on. The Elgar is really nice, so are the other ones.

    Luke

  10. You are incredible! I have only just discovered your site, but I am going to be checking back frequently now. Really do consider trying the Rachmaninov Sonata at some point. I gave the full name in another comment (the Vocalise I think). It would be lovely to hear that at some point.

  11. i am amazed at how easy u make it look. i am tempted to take up cello myself. i have only just discovered your site and am in awe of all i have seen so far. keep up the excellent work.

  12. Yo, my Talented friend. Hope you’re well. (Yay! Finally managed to properly buffer your cello vids for contiguous play…EZ when U know how.)

    And what a pleasure it is to hear and see you play. That is some genuinely beautiful and purposeful cello. I especially like the Popper compositions. Gorgeous melodies…double-stops of such clarity and intensity! Superb accompaniments, too, by the way. In short, BRAVO!

  13. Hi. I played cello for more than 7 yrs now. Ur technique is great and i enjoyed watching you play. I have recently finished Luigi Boccherini’s Concerto and now on Lalo. Wish u would play Lalo or boccherini to plz!

  14. That is amazing, i have chosen this to be my senior solo and hope to pull it off with flying colors… any tips on this beautiful music would be quite appreciated…

    i plan to make it for a full orchestra… or perhaps just the string orchestra, havnt thought of that quite yet, for i must learn the solo first!

    amazingly done i must say

  15. You can buy it online or at a local sheet music store. I am not sure if it is available for free anywhere.
    It would be neat if you performed it.

    Luke

  16. By any chance could you post poppers “dance of the elves”? That would be amazing! I have learned poppers “village song” and half of it was because of you and watching your technique, I won my school districts instrumental solo competition on that piece, and this is Los Angeles School District, so it is pretty big, thank you so much for posting!

  17. This is such a fun piece! My teacher at Interlochen turned me into a Popper fan, but I only really know the etudes. He also told me I should play the Saint-Saens, and have since fallen in love with it. It would be great if you could post it.

  18. my God!!! the feeling in every piece of music is amazing, you are great, i love the cello, and i’m a violinist (not a good one jeje), i love your music, thanks for let me enjoy it!!!

  19. Oh, wow! That was an extremely technical song, and you played it so well! I’m more of a fan of Faure now, but this was an interesting song. ^^

  20. Thanks for your many fine video sessions, readily available, and the gentle advise provided to your fans… just starting to work on the popper hungarian rhapsody and enjoyed viewing your performance.
    –Mark

  21. What fun this is! A chance to vibrate with you, your music, and your BRAINS!

    Please, can you help?… We are desperately looking for biographical (hopefully genealogical!) details about Daniel Van Goens, 1858-1904.

    This amazing guy was said to have taught cello in Strasburg Conservatoire? Anyone you know could confirm, and fill us in on him?
    You seem to know a lot, and have entries everywhere!

    You certainely touched my heart!

    Thanks for everything!
    Ciao a tutti!

    Chris

  22. I don’t know too much about Daniel Van Goens. I know he wrote a really nice Scherzo for cello.

    I hope your search goes well. Good luck.

    Luke

  23. HEY LUKE, I WILL START LEARNING HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY SOON AND I HAVE TO SAY I AM VERY INTIMIDATED BY THE PIECE, ESPECIALLY THE FIRST PAGE. YOU SEE I HAVE DREAMED OF SOMEDAY LEARNING THE PIECE AFTER I WAS DUMBFOUNDED BY YOUR SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE, AND SUBSEQUENTLY WISH TO DO IT JUSTICE AND TO HONOR MR. POPPER. IF SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME I WOULD BE LEARNING IT ONLY IN MY THIRD YEAR OF CELLO I WOULD HAVE TOLD THEM THEY WERE CRAZY. ARE THERE ANY SUGGESTIONS YOU CAN GIVE ME ABOUT HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY AND BEING INTIMIDATED IN GENERAL ABOUT NEW PIECES? I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR ADVICE LUKE. I ONLY SEE MY TEACHER ONCE A WEEK AND NO ONE IN MY FAMILY IS A MUSICIAN SO I SPARINGLY TRY TO ASK YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME MR. POMORSKI.

    SPENCER.

  24. Spencer – It is neat that you are learning this piece. I think it is a very special piece and I can see why you would want to learn it. It may be a bit of a challenge after 3 years of playing. I think my advice would be to be patient. That first page has lots of folk melodies that need a certain timing and character. Some of these things are not obvious from the written music. It takes time to make everything sound natural. The fast passages take a while to get. I hope things go well with it.

    Luke

  25. Hello Luke,
    I am only returning today after requesting a cello journey to David Popper last year, April 2006.
    I listened with pleasure to the Hungarian Rapsody. I listened again and again and again. I love it! Thanks to you and David Popper for bringing the music to life and life to the music!
    Bravo!

  26. Hello! I’ve seen thumbnails of your videos for a while on youtube but this is the first time i’ve seen your website. your audios are so clear! your playing is wonderful; i enjoy watching you!
    btw, what cello do you own (or were playing in this video)?
    thank you for your help in spreading music and making it more accessible to others. šŸ˜€

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