My cello is healing nicely at the repair shop. I am thinking about all the music I want to play. Bach, of course and this lovely Etude by Popper. It's my favorite Popper etude. Etudes are study pieces, kind of like musical homework. Popper Etude Number 36 always was fun to play. Listen:
Of course that was Janos Starker, one of the greatest cellists ever. I am not Janos Starker, or one of the greatest cellists ever. I can't play that etude as fast, or smoothly, or that perfectly. He makes it sound so easy and it's not. Listening to someone who can play it so well makes me smile inside.
Thinking about playing my cello again is making me happy. Popper Etude Number 36 is a joy benchmark in my life. Soon, very soon, I'll be playing it again. Slowly. With a metronome. But, playing nonetheless! Wow! I can't wait!