Bach’s 300-Year-Old Conundrum バッハ300年の難問

A very interesting article by a professor of cello in Idaho University, Miranda Wilson.

Her article is very clear and understandable.
However I think her question on violoncello da spalla ‘If these instruments were so important, why don’t more survive? Were they lost, broken, destroyed? Did they ever exist at all?’ could also have other answers than one reasoning.

The history of musical instrument is known as a history of volume after the middle of 18C. All instruments were modified or improved to acquire more and more volume. Same for cello and then only the big cello monopolize the position in big concert hall and in big orchestra.

My reasoning is ‘viola di spalla'(=little cello) couldn’t survive in those situation because they had a smaller voice and appearance of cello specialist who require only a big cello like today didn’t need a small cello. (I’m of course greatly indebated to Dmitry Badiarov about this reasoning)

The beautiful six suits of Bach could be associated with a small cello in the time of Bach so as the big cello take important post the six suits was forgot by public because people had thought that the six suits was a music for small cello and was already an old-fashioned.

Of course I’m not a scholar and I don’t have any academic ground for those arguments but I can’t ignore this reasoning which came in my mind.

アイダホ大学でチェロの教授をされているMiranda Wilsonさんの記事です。
Miranda さんの記事はとても明快ですが、大型の4もしくは5弦でバッハの無伴奏チェロ組曲を弾くには限界があることを認めて、Dmitry Badiarovさんなどの作ってきた肩にストラップをかけて弾くチェロに運指のメリットがあることを認めつつも「それではなぜ小型の肩掛けチェロは残らなかったのか?」という疑問を提示しています。






Finding My Own Solution to Bach’s 300-Year-Old Conundrum