COMPOSITION MAKING – episode 1 – the first sounds

Matthias Kadar's "Diary of a composer", with his adventure into a new composition making - step by step monitoring - video 1

Here starts a new exclusive series from Cicerone Music & Art. As many know, Matthias is one of our authors for interactive courses (see his composition interactive course), and he's also a composer, singer and songwriter. Some time ago he received a commission to compose a Cello Concerto, and he himself had the idea to film his own activity, in order to testify the composition making,  So we'll be able to see what happens in the composer's mind, which are the ideas, where his inspiration come from, how he writes it, and how he combines the artistic flow with his own daily life: will this be an obstacle to his art, or will it rather be of help to him? Will he finish the work in time according to his plans? In the video below we see the first reflections and the first approach to a possible intro, combining harmony and melody. Together with this very special series of videos we also publish a "History of Cello" taken from a research by Vincent Liu published on the "journal of music and dance" in 2011.  Enjoy that!

You are also very welcome to interact with him. You can send him Ideas or thoughts! He may react to them in his next videos.

The cello is an exceptionally remarkable and charming
instrument. It possesses a long history, as do its players
and composers. The cello is a crucial component of orchestras,
string ensembles, and various other performing
groups, while still maintaining its position as a powerful
solo instrument (Stowell, 1999). Its grand, majestic, commanding
tones make the cello one of the most elegant
instruments to play and perform, and thus it continues to
hold a position as one of the world’s most admired
First came Andrea Amati of Italy, in
the early 16th century, who was the inventor of the cello
(Hillard, 2002). Then the cello’s evolution over the centuries
is discussed and its elevation to its current status in
modern society. Famous cellists include Franciscello
(1691-1739), who was the first known cellist to use thumb
position, an “invaluable contribution to the technique of
cello playing;” Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), who was the
only exceptional cellist who was also an outstanding
composer; (Prieto, 2006) and the contemporary cellist Yo-
Yo Ma, whose talent and performances have drawn
unprecedented attention to the cello, while enriching
music in various ways and dazzling cultures throughout
the world with the beauty of music (“Yo-Yo Ma—Cellist,”

To be continued...