Matt Haimovitz

Topics: Johann Sebastian Bach, Music, Chamber music Pages: 2 (469 words) Published: April 21, 2015
Raven Bransom
Music Theory
Chamber Music Series: Matt Haimovitz

Matt Haimovitz is cellist who started his solo career at the early age of 13 with Zubin Mehta and Israel Philharmonic. In the 2000’s Hamiovitz began to take his love of Bach cello compositions in his “Listening-Room”, to clubs in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. These efforts to make himself well-known graced him with some great awards including a Juno Award and a Grammy for best classical producer of the year.

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Matt Haimovitz came to Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. While at Longwood Haimovitz, performed at the Chamber Music Series, he titles his performance the “Bach Listening-Room.” The compositions performed by Haimovits were Fancy on a Bach Air by John Carigliano, Suit V in C Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, Orbit by Philip Glass, and Suit VI in D Major by Johann Sebastian Bach. Haimovitz played these pieces on a 17th century cello that was set up exactly as it would have been in that time period, I feel that because Haimovitz played on this select cello the way the music was presented was more authentic and close to the way it would have been played in the 1600’s some of the pieces he played were either composed on that time period or derived from other musical pieces from the century.

Haimovitz’s first piece Fancy on a Bach Air was very adagio. It sounded very melancholy and sad. While Haimovitz played this piece he swayed back and forth with his cello to express the longing aurora the composition portrayed. The next composition Suit V in C Minor was another very deep and depressing piece. I found this piece interesting because Haimovitz mentioned that he has changed the tuning of his cello for this composition. These tuning adjustments made the piece sound more authentic. Orbit the first piece played after intermission showed a more expressive side of...
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