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Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 2 p.m. Pacific

At Home With
William Skeen
Shaping the Bass Line with a Modern Bow

An online cello workshop with the renowned Baroque cellist. Expand your horizons without expanding your equipment collection!

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About the Event

Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite can teach us everything we need to know about early eighteenth century bowing and articulation.  Using this great work as a template, Baroque cellist William Skeen will guide us through his techniques for shaping bass lines using either your Baroque or Modern (Tourte-style) bow

Part of our EARLY MUSIC FOR MODERN INSTRUMENTS series.

About the Mentor

Grammy-nominated cellist and gambist William Skeen performs as Principal Cellist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists. He has served as Principal Cellist with Musica Angelica (Los Angeles), Portland Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks, and Bach Collegium San Diego. William has also appeared as continuo cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Opera, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. In addition, William has soloed on the viola da gamba with the Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Carmel Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Musica Angelica, Orquestra Nacional de Mexico, and the American Bach Soloists. He is co-founder of the New Esterházy Quartet, whose repertoire includes over 150 string quartets performed exclusively on gut strings. With NEQ, William co-founded the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Classical Workshop in 2012. He has served on the faculty on the University of Southern California since 2000.

William currently tours and records with Smithsonian Chamber Players, Musica Pacifica, El Mundo, and Agave Baroque. He is represented on over 80 audio recordings and 30 video recordings.

Learn more about William on our blog.

Workshop Materials

DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHOP MUSIC

JS Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068 (with William’s markings)

FOR YOUR REFERENCE

    A brief index of Baroque nomenclature

    LISTEN TO WILLIAM IN PERFORMANCE

    From Bach Cello Suite no. 6

    note 5-string cello!

    C.P.E. Bach Cello Concerto in a minor

    Event Video