sheet music

Finding Sheet Music

Finding good, free, legal sheet music can be a challenge. Luckily this site has lots of great resources:

Lately I’m finding I have a proclivity towards music by Brahms, Satie, and Mendelssohn, but there are lots of other classics out there I’m sure I have yet to discover

Chris cello performance

February 2013 Music Recordings

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to make a few music recordings on  both the cello and the piano. After finding this great website called the International Music Score Library Project, I found a number of suitable pieces for this project. After about a month and a half of practicing, here are the four recordings I made.


Brahms Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1 Andante Moderato

David Popper, Wie einst in schoner’n Tagen, Op 64 No 1 Andantino

Mozart Piano Sonata Eb+ KV189g

Mendelssohn Song Without Words Op. 109


An Orchestra Update


I think I mentioned this in an earlier post that I joined a community orchestra for this upcoming season. It’s a a new activity for the next year (Sep-June), and a decision I’m really happy I made to brush the dust off my cello and get playing again. How exactly I managed to skip the audition process is another story, but more relevantly, this week I went to my first orchestra practice. I didn’t really know what to expect or how it’d go, but I did manage to hack my way through most of the music and not play too badly out of tune!

This practice was a read through of the new music we’ll be playing for our first concert coming up at 3pm on Saturday October 30th (mark your calendars if you want to come!). It’s a Halloween themed concert, titled “Goblins and Fairies”. I didn’t really know what to expect of the music, but was pleasantly surprised by a relatively extensive and fun list of songs.

Here’s the repertoire for the performance and links to some youtube videos if you want a preview of what it will sounds like. Most of the music should be familiar to most people.

Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite #1 (
Paul Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (
John Williams – Harry Potter Symphonic Suite (
Antonin Dvorak – The Noon Witch (
Stephen Schwartz – Highlights from WICKED (
Sergei Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf (

More details on the orchestra can be found here: