|Powerful playing in the opening, but not forced. Should be warm||00h:02m:33s|
|Ein Heldenleben is predominantly lyrical||00h:03m:04s|
|Avoid vertical emphases and unwanted accents||00h:03m:27s|
|Diversity of rhythms should be clear and differentiated||00h:04m:48s|
|Feel the downbeat during the tied notes strongly, even though they are not played||00h:05m:14s|
|Rehearsal 2 is often too loud||00h:05m:40s|
|Quality of softer playing||00h:05m:58s|
Brant Taylor, cellist of the Chicago Symphony and NWS Alumnus, demonstrates and discusses the opening of Strauss' Ein Heldenleben.
HELDENLEBEN, OP. 40; EIN
Recorded Date: 25-04-2013
Born in New York, Brant Taylor began cello studies at the age of eight. His varied career includes solo appearances and collaborations with leading chamber musicians throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as well as orchestral, pedagogical and popular music activities. After one year as a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Taylor was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim in 1998. He has appeared regularly with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and on the CSO's contemporary chamber music series MusicNOW.
From 1992–97, Mr. Taylor was cellist of the award-winning Everest Quartet. In 1997, Mr. Taylor was a Fellow with the New World Symphony. He has returned to appear as soloist with New World, as well as to teach and participate in audition training seminars. In 2002, Mr. Taylor began a seven-year association with the band Pink Martini.
Mr. Taylor is a frequent performer and teacher at music festivals. Active as a teacher of both cello and chamber music, Mr. Taylor serves on the faculty of the DePaul University School of Music. He has also been a faculty member at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts and Northwestern University's National High School Music Institute. Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Music and a performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music. His Master of Music is from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Taylor's primary teachers have been Janos Starker and Paul Katz.