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Some Day – Kathy and David Blackwell

 

 

Some Day is a lovely lyrical piece of music in List B for Grade 4.  It comes from Kathy and David’s book – Cello Time Sprinters – a book with lots of really good music in, so definitely worth purchasing!  You can get it here:

 

Technique-wise, Some Day isn’t as challenging as some of the other pieces on the grade 4 list.  It only uses 1st and 4th positions, and the rhythm and melody are fairly straightforward.  Good intonation is essential though.  Make sure you are comfortable in both of these positions.  Particularly the distance between your 1st and 4th fingers in 4th position.

 

Technique

However – while it is less technically challenging than other pieces set for the grade, it is the feeling and emotion in the piece that I think justify its place on the grade 4 syllabus.  While vibrato isn’t in the marking criteria until grade 5; if you are able to include some vibrato and warmth of tone, this will have a positive effect on your tone and ability to project emotion into the piece.

If you haven’t started to introduce vibrato into your playing yet, please see my post here for a few tips on how to get started:

*Teaching vibrato on the cello – the beginnings of a good technique

 

Structure

I see the piece as being in 3 parts:

  1.  After the initial piano introduction, the cello melody has a naïve simplicity to it.  Cantabile, so make it sing.  It is a pretty, but predictable, melody – so just enjoy playing it!
  2.  When the dynamic marking changes to mf, there is suddenly a lot more depth.  This section strikes me as being more agitated, needing a stronger tone, with the pitch suddenly shifting down a string or two.  The adjective that springs to mind here is hopeful.  Make the most of the lower notes, and also the crescendo towards the end of the section.  This is the climax of the piece, and needs to contrast with the next section.
  3.  The opening melody, with the same notes and rhythms but somehow a little more depth.  Do you know the feeling where if you could go back to a certain point in your life (maybe high school or another major life event) that you might have dealt with it differently with the knowledge you have now, rather than the naivety of your younger years?  After the drama and intensity of the previous section, this final section is like a breath of fresh air – a return to the original melody, but with the maturity that goes with it.

 

In conclusion, this is one of my absolute favourite pieces of music on the grade 4 syllabus.  The melody is beautiful, and I love playing the piece.  It is most definitely a duet a between cello and piano – one part doesn’t do justice without the other, so make sure you have some rehearsal time together before your performance!

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