This past weekend, one of my boys and I took a ride to Yale University to listen to one of our friend’s graduation recital from the School of Music; in short, it was quite well done. Some of the pieces she, a cellist, played included:
- Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 and Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70. While I am not a fan of his works, I have to admit that these pieces had a seamless flow to it, much like his better-known piano pieces.
- Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in d, aka Impressionist music at its most “experimental” and fun.
- David Popper’s Wie einst in schöner’n tagen, Op. 64 and Nocturne No. 4, Op.47. And I thought this dude was only the Hanon of cello music (see http://www.amazon.com/Hanon-Exercises-Acquirement-Independence-Schirmers/dp/0793525446).
- Ludwig van Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 69, a piece that I remember slaughtering back in ninth grade because it was too difficult for me to play at the time.
Also of note:
- Being back on a college campus felt rather surreal for me, especially considering this is one of the top universities in the United States. It felt like everyone around me was infinitely smarter simply because they attend Yale.
- In many ways, New Haven is a microcosm of how economically stratified society has become today. Within a span of less than one mile, you can find a bustling, affluent college town and a deteriorating inner city.
- Having all-you-can-eat sushi is asking for a death wish.
- Lastly, and because my boy and I did pass through Stamford CT, wanna raise some hell :-P?