Date of Award

2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Performing Arts Honours

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Faculty

Faculty of Education & Arts

First Advisor

Dr Jonathan Paget

Abstract

In today's world there is an excess of talented cellists and yet there seems to be a lack of true artists among this wealth of virtuosi. This thesis attempts to examine the lost world of the humble artist through two of its few contemporary exponents, Bernard Greenhouse and Michael Goldschlager. The style of teaching and performing, and the overriding philosophy of music of these two eminent contemporary cellists is explored within the historical context of other great performers. A lineage is traced between these two, teacher and pupil, exploring the developments and consistencies between both cellists. The practical application of these ideas is then put forth in a new method for Cello created from practice journals kept during the author's studies with Goldschlager. The method considers first Musicianship and Philosophy and then moves into the aspects specific to cello Technique. It addresses overriding principles of technique and posture before moving into the minute details of left and right hand techniques. The method concludes with a discussion of practice methodologies as a practical application of the principles discussed in the previous chapters.

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