RESEARCH PROJECT ABOUT THE ORIGINS AND TECHNIQUE OF THE VIOLONCELLO,
AND THE BACH CELLO SUITES.
Why "another recording"...
"In October 2014, because of the similarity between the bass viol and the cello, I tried to inverse the bowing technique of the violoncello in the Bach Cello Suites. During this experiment, I instantaneously felt a better response from the instrument and by consequence, more resonance. This experience led me to start research about the origins, the setup, and the bowing technique of the violoncello to find evidences that there were cellists who played with similar bow stroke to the ones used on the gamba, and to understand the bow strokes and the bow-hold of the gamba and the meaning of a "down-Stroke".
The goal of the recording was to make an urtext recording, recording the new urtext edition I made during the project, staying as close as possible to the text and to the spirit of the dances, playing on the most authentic set up. The sound was my guide. As a cellist, my goal was to reach a connection between the vibration of the violoncello and the harmony in order to let Bach's music make its magic. »
The story behind
:In 2010 Marianne Dumas commenced a research project on the impact of posture, state of mind and breathing on the production of sound, always taking the Bach Cello Suites as her reference.
Her research into the technique of playing the cello consequently took her to Berlin to gain a better understanding of the sound of the baroque cello, in collaboration with instrument makers and other experts specializing in the period.
Shortly after her arrival in Berlin, Marianne made an important discovery that would dramatically change her perspective: what should have been only a minor exploration transformed into a major research project into the origins of the instrument and how it was played, which was followed by the recording of this new vision of the Bach Cello Suites. This recording of her edition of the Cello Suites constitutes for her a first and fitting culmination point in this exciting venture.
Ton Koopman's support
"I listened to the 6 Bach suites with pleasure. Very well done, I liked very much the resonance, intonation and the way of playing. Very convincing. A very good work and great success technically."
- Ton Koopman
A journey to the origins of the violoncello, in Bach's Land
THE TECHNIQUE OF THE CELLO
Marianne Dumas commenced a research project on the impact of posture, state of mind and breathing on the production of sound, always taking the Bach Cello Suites as her reference.THE CELLO PRACTICE HELPER
BERLIN - Exploring the origins and the set up of the cello
Her research into the technique of playing the cello consequently took her to Berlin to gain a better understanding of the sound of the baroque cello, in collaboration with instrument makers and other experts specializing in the period.HISTORICAL RESEARCH
REVERSING THE BOWING TECHNIQUE
Shortly after her arrival in Berlin, Marianne discovers that the baroque cello gets a better resonnance when reversing the bow stroke.ABOUT REVERSING THE TECHNIQUE
CLIP IN FROG BOW
Made by Hans Reiners
FINDING THE SET UP
During many months, Marianne worked closely with Daniel König, the maker of the 4 strings baroque cello of the project, in order to find the best resonance from the cello with the most authentic set up.
Meeting with Ton Koopman
RECORDED THE 6 SUITES
Recording of Marianne's new urtext edition (to be published) with the instruments of the projectTHE RECORDING
Meeting with Yo-Yo Ma
A discussion where Marianne explained her work and research to Mr. Ma
PREPARING THE EDITION
From March 2017, Marianne worked on digital version of the Urtext edition she made and recorded.
- June 2018
Release of the Edition
Publication about the baroque cello
Teaching and concerts