Aldo Parisot, The Cellist: The Importance of the Circle

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"This book will explore the career of renowned cellist Aldo Parisot, using first hand interviews with him and his wife Elizabeth as well as material from written sources. The book will stress Mr. Parisot's solo career, and will also touch upon his teaching career. My argument will be that Parisot is an extraordinary cellist with a creative bent. Not only was he an exceptional interpreter of what composers put on paper, but he also made creative suggestions to composers with regard to how their music might be more effective on the cello and more effective in general. Composers such as Villa-Lobos and Martino tailored their work to his cellistic personality, and Parisot sometimes made suggestions having to do with composition along the way. For example, Villa-Lobos in his Second Cello Concerto wrote a slow movement similar to what he had done in his Bachianas.

...This book might be useful to all students of the cello as well as Mr. Parisot's students in particular, as there is much to be learned from Parisot's comments on the history of the cello, and also about the expansion of the cello repertoire and the history of cello ensemble playing in the twenty and twenty-first centuries. It might also be of interest to scholars in the history of string performance and the cello in particular, but it is written in non-technical language and might equally well be read by contemporary aficionados of the cello." -Susan Hawkshaw ("Preface")

This book was originally published in 2018 by Pendragon Press.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Conquering Brazil--Mangoes, Cantadores, and the Importance of Solfege
Chapter Two: Establishing Himself in the United States--Yale, Hindemith, and Winning the Koussevitzky Prize
Chapter Three: Realizing a Dream--An International Solo Career
Entr'acte: Parisot as a Painter--The Importance of the Circle--Spectrum of Color in Art and Music
Chapter Four: Extraordinary Performances: the Parisonatina and Others--The Alaska Trip: a Beaver Co at for the Cello
Chapter Five: Extraordinary Performances--The Most Difficult Cello Concerto--Continuing to Champion Contemporary Music
A Journey: The Polish Tour
Chapter Six: In a Spirit of Generosity--Cello Festivals in Brazil's Nordeste and Brazil's "Switzerland"
Photo Album
Chapter Seven: The Yale Cellos--A Sound of Clarity and Beautiful Resonance
Chapter Eight: Parisot as Master Teacher--Festivals Master Classes, Competitions
Appendix One: Composer Descriptions of Works Dedicated to Parisot
Appendix Two: Additional Material on Festivals, Competitions, and Conservatories
Appendix Three: Interviews with Colleagues (former students)
Appendix Four: Parisot's "Keynote Address" at Commencement at the Harid Conservatory, May 1994
Appendix Five: Aldo Parisot, Awards
Selected Bibliography
Selected Discography

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