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Eloisa Shares her Inspirations for Edie’s Music

The key to Edie’s personality is her passion for music: for her, everything from her love for Gowan to her vision of life itself (remember the scene when she sees the swallows flying and tells Gowan they’re dancing to Mozart?) is filtered through the cello pieces she works on every day.

For over a year, while I was writing Once Upon a Tower, I listened to cello music almost every day. I wanted to share with you some of the pieces that Edie either mentioned or surely would have known.


Solo pieces for Edie

When I was writing Once Upon a Tower, I listened to Bach’s cello suites over and over. Here is Yo-Yo Ma, playing the first four:

(Here is another piece I adore that Edie could not have played—Simple Gifts with Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss)

Edie certainly would have known Domenico Gabrielli’s “Seven Ricercari,” seven charming preludes that each present a variation on a theme and highlight the melodic possibilities of the cello. Here’s the second prelude:

Remember the Boccerini that was proving so hard to play? Luigi Boccherini wrote about three dozen sonatas, but only six were published during his lifetime. You can listen to the complete sonatas here:

Edie particularly loved Vivaldi, so here’s a lovely recording of Antonio Vivaldi’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A minor. Vivaldi wrote six sonatas for solo cello (with harpsichord accompaniment).

Cello duets Edie played with her father

Here’s a gorgeous video of Duo Vivente playing one of Jean-Baptiste Barrière’s Duo for Two Cellos. Barrière was himself a cellist who composed four books of duets for cello and bass, which could be scored for two cellos.

And here are two lovely young women playing Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s Cello Duet in G Minor. The sound isn’t perfect, but you can see the exactly positioning of the cello that drove 19th century men to believe that ladies should never play the instrument!

And finally, cello and violin duets that Edie could have played with her husband

I know they would have conquered Boccerini together. I like this video particularly because you can see the cellist carrying his instrument onto the stage. This is Boccerini’s Sonata in D-Major, in an arrangement for violin and cello by Paul Bazelaire (unfortunately, the musicians are not named):

Here’s the Winter section of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (for some reason set to carnival pictures). But who cares? It’s so gorgeous.

And finally, for the silly pleasure of it: two gorgeous young Croatian gentlemen playing Guns & Roses on some very modern, weird cellos.

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