Some very random comments from Keri Russell regarding her crash course in celloing to prepare for her role as a NY Phil member in the film August Rush. Miss Mussel is hoping the poor girl was quoted unsympathetically. The alternative is simply unimaginable.
“The joke is you’re never just OK at the cello; you have to be a child prodigy at the cello, so I went from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to Bach solos in about 12 weeks.”
[a) Miss Mussel has heard a goodly amount of OK cello playing over the years.
b) Isn’t the joke “What’s the difference between the first and last desk of the cellos section?” (a semi-tone)]
“I spent many, many hours a day just to fake the correct fingering. I was doing compromised versions of the Cs and Gs.” [see b above]
“The cello is a beautiful instrument and it’s the closest to the sound of the human voice, so that’s why it’s used for the really emotional parts of the symphonies. “ [Similar claims made by horn players, violinists, violists, oboists and trombones are hereby rendered null and void.]
“It takes a lot of work but they’re exquisite instruments.”
[Ah! So it does take more than three months to go from Suzuki Book One to Wigmore Hall. All those years of lessons were not a colossal waste of time then. Good to know.]