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An experiment

I’ve just recorded a new little pièce d’occasion of mine, titled Dans les champs de Valensole, and in order to present it to the world, I’ve made two videos and uploaded them both to YouTube. The question is: which will the algorithm find more enticing?

The first one features me and Kevin performing “live” and featuring beautiful shots of the lavender fields of southern France:

The second features the rolling score:

I’ve posted them both in various places just to get the ball rolling. My mother thinks its insane that anyone would prefer to watch the score video, but I think she underestimates the popularity of the medium, or the number of classical music nerds who sit around and watch this kind of stuff all day.

I particularly wonder which cellists will prefer – to see the player in action, or to see what it is that he’s actually playing.

Only time will tell. I’ll share the results in a couple of months.

Dans les champs de Valensole

Op. 38
pièce d’occasion pour violoncelle et piano

This piece was inspired by a trip I took with my dear friend Catherine Lukits in the summer of 2014. We drove from Berlin to Munich to Milan to Barcelona. Along the way, in the hills of the Côte d’azur, entering into Provence, we stopped in the outskirts of a tiny village called Valensole, known for its endless fields of lavender.

Catherine is a cellist, and so is my friend Kevin, both of whom I first met in 2008 when we were students together in Bloomington, Indiana. I’ve dedicated the piece to both of them: to Catherine in commemoration of our shared experience, and to Kevin for his love of all things lavender, French, and songful.