||Slow moving broken chords in the lower register with melody
in the higher register of the cello. Subtle harmonic fluctuations
that will sympathetically vibrate with the heart's strings. Music
with supplicating humbleness.
||Cello quasi-recitativo/parlando. At moments the voice of the
cello appeals to the heavenly heights and at others it whispers
||The falling phrases permeating the music symbolise humility
and reservedness. The voice of the cello is softly crying.
||Very much in the style of the Bach Cello Suites. The middle
section being in the minor key is so idiomatic of the Baroque
dances. The undulating phrasing is done with so much finesse and
||Played in a speaking/recitativo manner. Cello speaks in a tone
filled with restrained piety. Why do humans hesitate? Within hesitance
lies shame, fear, respect, ignorance, conscience. We hesitate
in the presence of things greater than ourselves.
||The cello tones murmur peace and quiet. So gentle is the creation
of the tones, it seems to speak from within their very cores.
||The music is suffused with beautiful long singing lines. An
entreatment that is filled with restrained emotion.
||The cello broods from within its lowest register, with repeated
sustained tones. An innate fear lingers at the surface of each
tone. The fear is always kept in check, under the surface, ever
||This piece has the swing of an elegant Baroque/early Classical
dance. Some of the phrases reach exuberant heights which will
steer the legs and feet into rhythmic shamelessness!
||A quiet supplication filled with whispering reverence. The piece
takes on the chararacter of the Sarabande with its movement suffused
with grace and refinement.
||From the start one is drawn into a dark, doubtful state. The
lines are moulded with discordant intervals which convinces that
sound can simulate pain and spiritual suffering.
||Starting from the low register of the cello, the lines move
mainly in twists and turns - never reaching comfortable lyricism.
The sound can be compared to "groping around in the dark", hence
the title. Searching for meaning with quiet anguish.
||One can't miss the childlike simplicity of this piece. The quiet
tempo and repeated main motive have a soothing effect. An ascetic
will appreciate the "stripped" nature of the music - no indulging
in elaborate sentiment.
||The tensions that might have been built up in the previous pieces
are released in this piece with broad resonating lines. There
is a triumphant air to the music, as if the soul has successfully
come through a cathartic journey.
||A joyful dance that starts softly with reservation but soon
moves into broad strokes of colourful confidence. The dance has
a spritely rhythm which will infect the limbs with a life of their
||A music "talks" in slow-moving sighs - not sighs of suffering
and longing, but that of a fulfilled spirit and body. This piece
ends off the "Cello Prayers" on an integrated note - peaceful,
yet with an air of wisdom and experience.