I first heard and saw Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 performed by CelloSpeak’s faculty last year, and there were more than a few teary-eyed cellists and audience members during this performance. It was just GORGEOUS!!! Not to mention that this was the first time I've heard an opera singer before so I was totally blown away! ...yes, I live under a rock... =p
Unfortunately, I feel like I’m totally psyching myself out and feel like I won’t be doing it justice, which I probably won’t! I don’t know what the deal is, but I feel like I’m not ready to play this even though I KNOW I can! It’s the strangest feeling...
Perhaps my expectations are too high because I think I need to be able to sound like the performance I heard? This got me thinking... maybe it was good for me NOT to have been exposed to classical music before taking up the cello, otherwise I would've been too emotionally attached to the music that I would be learning and be too hard on myself all the time? Because right now, I have very little knowledge of any classical repertoire so when I play them incorrectly it doesn't bother me since I have nothing to compare them to! ...ignorance is bliss? Lol! ;)
Anyway, I decided to play Part four because 1) I think it’s more difficult than Part three due to the rhythm, 2) I need to work on playing and reading more complicated rhythms and this fits the bill for me, and 3) I love playing pizzicato!
I’ve been slowly working through the piece and haven’t gotten it anywhere close to speed yet, but right now I’m just getting myself familiar with the notes. I have a full three months so I should be good to go by May.
...okay, three months...daily practice... I can do this... (maybe)...
Another recording of the piece: