Mass Appeal – Strings
Saturday September 15
Rehearsal: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Concert: 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Strings at the Millennium Library
When Winnipeg hosted the International Cello Festival of Canada back in 2014, the festival began with “City-Wide: A Cello Intervention.” At the stroke of noon, cellists began to play all over Winnipeg. There were simultaneous performances in coffee shops, hospitals, bookstores, galleries and more, with more events happening in Brandon, Morden, and Onanole. It was a fantastic event and it was the brainchild of Leanne Zacharias, so when we wanted to incorporate strings into Mass Appeal, Leanne was the natural choice to lead the charge.
Leanne is a dynamic soloist, interdisciplinary artist and educator known for collaborations across genres and continents. When she’s not working with classical, chamber, and rock musicians she can be found among choreographers, visual artists and architects. She is also the cello professor, orchestral director and chamber music co-director at the School of Music at Brandon University.
Mass Appeal Strings is for players of any skill level. Violins, violas, cellos and double basses are welcome. We’ll assemble in the lobby of the Millennium Library on Saturday, September 15, with rehearsal taking place from 12:00 – 1:00, followed by a performance from 1:30 – 2:00. On the day of the concert, participants are asked to bring
– a chair if you wish to sit while you play
– a music stand
– sheet music
Here’s what we’ll be playing. Read on to find all the music, sample tracks, and notes on each song from Leanne!
For this Mass Appeal string event, I’ve selected pieces that are typically played only by specific instruments and adapted them to be accessible to all string players, whether you play bass, cello, viola or violin. This will give everyone the chance to be involved in ensemble arrangements of some of the most fantastic and beloved string repertoire: the Prelude from Bach’s first solo cello suite, Vivaldi’s La Follia variations, and the extremely famous canon by Pachelbel (only in this version, cellists and even bass players can opt to play the beautiful melody if they tire of the same repeated eight note bass line:)!
Mass Appeal Strings 2018 repertoire:
Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major – J.S. Bach
Sonata “La Follia” (excerpts) – Antonio Vivaldi
Canon – Johann Pachelbel
Maria’s Viola Tune – Maria Cherwick
1. Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major – J. S. Bach
Leanne Says: This is the most well-known movement from Bach’s suites for solo cello, and this is an opportunity for non-cellists to get the chance to play it!
We will play this through twice: once with Part 1 alone (unison), then a second time adding Part 2.
Please feel free to pencil in your choices of bowings and/or fingerings beforehand. No need for us to all be playing the same bowings in this case.
2. Sonata “La Follia” (excerpts) – Antonio Vivaldi
Leanne Says: We are playing a transcription of a 3-cello arrangement of this famous set of variations. Please note that we are not playing all twenty variations, but just select ones. We’ll rehearse all the tempo changes, and none of the Allegro movements will be too fast.
We will play the following movements: 1-6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 20.
3. Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
Download Canon in D – Part 1 (Treble)
Download Canon in D – Part 2 (Treble)
Download Canon in D – Part 3 (Treble)
Download Canon in D – Part 3 (Alto)
Download Canon in D – Part 4 (Bass)
Download Canon in D – Part 4 (Treble)
Leanne Says: This piece is extremely famous because it is extremely beautiful, and I could not resist including it in our ensemble repertoire because of its extraordinary construction.
Bass clef players are typically bored with the repeated canon bass line, however this transcription allows anyone comfortable enough in higher registers to tackle the melodic parts. Those more comfortable on the quarter note groundbass can play Part 4.
Have fun learning this!
4. Maria’s Viola Tune – Maria Cherwick
Leanne Says: Maria Cherwick is a graduate of the Brandon University School of Music, with many relatives from Winnipeg. She wrote this during a ‘tune-a-day’ learning challenge she set for herself several years ago. It gives violists, cellists and even bass players the chance to fiddle like violinists often get to do!
The link to her version is quite fast and includes many trills, turns and ornaments; I’ve left these out of the score, but please feel free to incorporate any as you are comfortable.
We’ll play all the repeats and repeat the whole piece several times, starting quite slowly and gradually speeding up. If you’re only comfortable playing it slowly, you can drop out as you see fit.