I was given the task to decide on bowings for a piece our amateur orchestra is going to perform in December. There is a rhythmic pattern that all the instruments play together, which I proposed to bow with a repeated retake of the bow to make it easier to stay in sync and to emphasize the rhythm:
Note, this is quite fast, the score says 160 beats per minute, although, amateurs that we are, we will probably take it a bit slower.
Now our cellist leader tells me that these retakes are really awkward for cello bowing?! She much prefers to bow it as it comes.
Any people with experience on such issues? I know there are a few (professional, amateur, or student) concertmasters on this forum. It is true that as violinists we sometimes decide on bowings for cello and perhaps we are not sufficiently aware that cello bowing is significantly different? Or...would you say our cellist (who is the most graceful person by the way) is exaggerating a bit here and would you think this should be quite playable for cello?
I probably should post this on a cello forum instead of here, but, as I said, we violinists sometimes are confronted with such issues, so I think it is relevant also on this forum.
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