I was originally going to post another old piece today, but yesterday I was struck with the overwhelming urge to write this. It’s an early birthday present for my mum. She played cello in her school’s orchestra as a child and teenager, but has only played sporadically since. Still, that was enough for me, as a seven-year-old, to brag to a cello teacher visiting my school that my mum played the cello. The teacher let me try the cello before anyone else in my class, which made Child Me feel super special. I ran home and begged for cello lessons. I’m not sure I would be a composer today if not for that.
A few years ago, my mum’s cello, which she bought for $50 right after she finished high school, developed a burr on the nut that kept breaking her A string. The cello sat sadly in its case until last week, when my parents finally had the money to bring it into the luthier, where we also found a split seam, a warped bridge, and a loose neck. The luthier gave us a skeptical look for wanting to put so much work into such an old, cheap cello, but she did an amazing job and the cello came home on Tuesday sounding better than ever.
My mum is so excited to play her cello again, and I wanted to write a piece for her to help restore her confidence. I have been teaching myself to play the violin, and I am very new to it. I decided the most fun thing to do would be to write a piece we could play together. I decided to finally do the alternate assignment I mentioned last month and write a piece using only three notes.
Happy birthday, mum! I hope we can play this together soon.
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