Performed by Bryan Lu. Recorded by Michael Tobin Fiore.
Elle et Lui is a tribute to Benjamin Britten’s Cello Suite No. 1, Opus 72.
It is intended to portray a dialogue between two opposite, yet complementary characters. It does not seek to develop any material, but to articulate a collection of events inspired by the expressivity of the cello’s registers and natural possibilities. The vocal quality of the high register speaks to the woody grain of the mid-range and restarts in the sonorous bass colla parte before reiterating the Italian expressivity of the dialogue in the high-pitched apex. The profoundly emotional contrast embellishes the unfolding of the piece toward a similar narrative in the low bass at the end, mixing fifths and pizzicati, as if a reconciliation were to take place.
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Copyright © 2017, F P Ubertelli.