FOR CELLISTS: AMATEUR, ASPIRING ............... AND CURIOUS

Popular Repertoire

Here you will find wonderful pieces of “popular” music – jazz, pop, rock, folk (traditional), light classical, bossa nova, reggae, punk, country/bluegrass, gypsy, flamenco, fado, klezmer, irish, tango, ethnic etc –  transcribed for cello as the lead (melody) instrument.

Music is a powerful emotional language through which we can touch the deepest areas of the psyche. “Classical” music is often emotionally more “serious”,“intense” and “heavy” than popular music. For the performer, this high emotional intensity can lead to excessive tension. For this reason, playing “popular” music is normally therapeutic, taking us on an enriching voyage into very different musical and emotional worlds. Here, we can – and MUST – really loosen up.

Divisions between styles are often not clear. Some music mixes several styles. In these cases the pieces can be found, at the same time, in different style categories. We have used the following basic categories for “Popular Music”. Click on the links to find sheet music and pre-recorded audio accompaniments.

Jazz        Pop        Rock      Traditional, Folk and Ethnic      Light Classical