ANAM Recital: James Morley (cello)


ANAM Recitals enable each musician to make their own personal musical statement, through performance, repertoire and presentation.

Bach and Rorem

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem was one of three composers commissioned to write a solo cello work inspired by literature, and in Rorem's case a collection of movements based on Shakespearian characters and sonnets was the result. This series of character pieces explores the expressive breadth of the instrument, and its ability to bring life to any desired caricature, mood, or atmosphere.

Bach's final cello suite presents a new set of challenges for the performer from the previous suites, as a lack of an upper fifth string is to be accommodated for on the modern cello. It also presents some of Bach's most incredible writing despite the relative simplicity of its tonality, and to play it in contrast to the more contemporary Rorem is equally exciting as it is daunting.

JS BACH Cello Suite no. 6 in D major BWV1012
NED ROREM After Reading Shakespeare for solo cello

James Morley SA cello

Photo by Pia Johnson

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