Kicking off the first Music Monday of the year I share this beautiful prelude of Cello Suite no. 1 played by American cellist Yo Yo Ma.
Prelude is an introductory piece of a classic music composition. It has a simple melody which allows the musicians preparing their fingers, mouth or hands as warming up before the long, more complex composition starts.
Famous classic tunes are actually only parts of the whole symphonies which could last up to 2 hours or more. At that time composers numbered their works on music sheets, defining whether it was a prelude, interlude, ouverture and so on.
This prelude is from German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. It has been used in many movies and commercials. Bach composed this Cello Suites from 1717 – 1723. It is a Baroque piece. This prelude is soothing. It is built upon layers but yet it sounds very calm to the end.
Bravo to Bach & Yo Yo Ma!
Featured image is courtesy of Yo Yo Ma