PEDAGOGICAL ASPECTS IN DAVID POPPER'S FOUR CELLO CONCERTOS
Abstract (Summary)David Popper’s etudes and short pieces are well known among cellists but his cello concertos are in a state of oblivion. Popper wrote four cello concertos: Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 8, Concerto No. 2 in E minor Op. 24, Concerto No. 3 in G major Op. 59, and Concerto No. 4 in B minor Op. 72. This document explores the pedagogical value of the four concertos. Each concerto offers within the context of a musical discourse tools for improving right and left hand technique. Specific excerpts are analyzed in terms of cello technique considering four left hand and five right hand techniques. The discussion of each example takes in account the physical properties of the instrument and the physiological characteristics of the hands and arms. In addition, strategies for practicing are suggested and whenever possible the excerpts are compared to one of Popper’s etudes Op. 73.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/01/2007