Yo-yo Ma (Asian Americans of Achievement) by Richard Worth

By Richard Worth

Born in Paris, to chinese language mom and dad, Yo-Yo Ma begun enjoying the cello whilst he used to be a toddler. on the age of 5 he used to be already enjoying Bach's not easy cello suites. a little while later, Ma immigrated to the us together with his mom and dad, who confirmed a brand new domestic in long island urban. This biography of Yo-Yo Ma is for musicians or song fans.

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I was fascinated to realize how a composer can create interest in his musical line by varying the lengths of phrases. Bach, for instance, may write several successive phrases of uneven length . . which provide a lot of surprises. . The interpreter [the musician] always has to be aware of questions of shape and structure. It takes much experience to be able to sustain the listener’s attention over a span of twenty or thirty minutes. LOVE IN MARLBORO One place that Yo-Yo Ma honed his skills was at the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont.

Columbia had not been to his liking. He needed to decide what 37 38 yo-yo ma the next stage of his education would be. He could attend Julliard full time for a conservatory education, or he could opt for a broader education at a liberal arts college. Yo-Yo was interested in Harvard University, near his sister’s school in Boston. He felt that a broad liberal arts education would enable him to take courses in subjects such as history and philosophy. These would deepen his understanding of the historical periods in which classical composers lived and broaden his knowledge of the events and ideas that influenced their music.

By the late 1970s, at least 10 Chinese students were in a concert at the Julliard School, whereas several years earlier there would have been few, if any. In the last quarter of the twentieth century, Chinese musicians were coming to the United States in greater numbers and for a variety of reasons. Among these reasons was the number of orchestras in which gifted musicians could find jobs. S. laws made immigration far easier. Finally, the freedom that immigrants found in the United States enabled them to express themselves more openly.

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