François Couperin, Pièces en Concert, for Cello and Piano: Philip Ewell, cello; Christy Lee, piano; University of Tennessee School of Music; February 2004.
Sergei Prokofiev, Sonata for Cello and Piano: Philip Ewell, cello; Andrew Pau, piano; Lang Hall, Hunter College, New York, NY; February 28, 2011.
Open Sea: When teaching cello, it’s important that students can bow a warm clean sound on each open string. After telling my students to “Play your open strings to warm-up” for some years, it dawned on me how boring that must be for them. I made it my task, in “Open Sea,” to make an entire piece out of playing only the open “C” string.
Harmony: The discord and concord of musician and dancer feature prominently in this experimental push-and-pull piece. With thanks to my multitalented friends Sarah Franklin and Victor See-Yuen, who made Harmony possible.
Bach, Third Cello Suite: I always liked my Bach a little hot and spicy! Thanks to my friend Sarah Franklin for performing this piece with me.
Narrowcasting, “Star”: Narrowcasting comprised my buddies Charles Maynes and Andrei Konovalov. I joined their studio in Moscow, Russia, for this 2001 recording of “Star.”
Music Theory Rap: I composed this tongue-in-cheek rap to end a recent paper I gave at SMT, on unity and disunity in music theory and in rap. I’ve always felt we could use a bit more self-parody in our field. Enjoy!
J. S. Bach, Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, No. 5: Philip Ewell, cello; House of Composers, St. Petersburg, Russia; April 23, 1993.
Cumbala Hill: Written by my gifted friend David Mills while he was studying in India, Cumbala Hill explores that place in India and some interesting Eastern sounds as well. On this clip David plays Fender guitar and I, five-string electric cello.
Erkki Salmenhaara, Sonata for Cello and Piano: Philip Ewell, cello; Regina Barbanel, piano; House of Composers, St. Petersburg, Russia; April 23, 1993.
Johannes Brahms, Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor: Philip Ewell, cello; Natalia Frolova, piano; Belyi Zal of the Gorchakov Estate, St. Petersburg, Russia; February 1994.
Sergei Rachmaninov, Sonata for Cello and Piano: Philip Ewell, cello; Andrew Pau, piano; Lang Hall, Hunter College, New York, NY; February 28, 2011. NB: The battery runs out on the recording device with about two minutes remaining in the fourth movement.