Bach Cello Suites Book and Recording Reviews
David, I purchased a copy of your Bach Cello Suites for Trumpet via ebay back in August. Before we evacuated our Biloxi home I only grabbed a few things out of my studio: your Bach Transcriptions book and CD, my trusty old Arban's, and three of my five horns. Hurricane Katrina completely destroyed our home and its contents, but I needed to share with you how much I appreciate the book and have enjoyed listening to, and playing your transcriptions. They have brought me a lot of hope and joy (and a bit of productive frustration!) throughout this terrible time. I am very thankful for Bach's original music, and your book which in turn allows me to appreciate and express both joy and sadness via the trumpet. I may never play a note of this music in public, but it has greatly influenced my playing and enriched my practice time. Many thanks,
p.s. -- I originally tried to bid low and then decided to pay full price. Am glad I did as it was worth much more!
Hi Mr. Cooper--
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know I've been getting a lot out of your Bach Cello transcriptions--enjoying playing them (or trying to play them, anyway--have to keep working on my low F), and also enjoying the recordings. (Menuetto from #1, in particular, made me want to stand up and cheer.)
Was there any particular cellist whose rendition of the suites particularly inspired your performance? (I've been listening to Rostropovich's version a lot.)
Anyway, your work in putting these together is definitely appreciated--I'd been thinking in the back of my mind about trying to play some of the suites for years but always talked myself out of it
by assuming they just wouldn't work on trumpet. I'm glad you put the time in to show that they could.
I bought your Bach cello for the trumpet music and saw notice of 1-3 CD inside. It was nice to get the previews - they sent a chill through me they're so nice. I will listen to your CD's more endlessly than I do the cello and I will practice and try to play them, at least some of them (especially prelude #6 - my favorite). Thanks David.
I received the Bach "trumpet" suites today. They look great; especially the pedal F in the first prelude. Not enough composers/ arrangers make use of the pedal register and it's great to see some initiative. The CD is of high quality, too.
I also received the October issue of the International Trumpet Guild journal today and it mentioned a David Cooper who taught at the university of Wisconsin. Are you the same David Cooper? If so, it explains the high quality trumpet player on the recording :)
David Cooper’s recording of “J.S. Bach Cello Suites on Trumpet” is a truly wonderful performance that breaks new ground in the color spectrum of the trumpet. Highly enjoyable.” (Andrew Balio, Principal Trumpet – Baltimore Symphony)
"I attended David's lecture/recital at the 1997 New York Brass Conference and found the performance informative and definitely most musically gratifying. This edition of the Bach Suites is a welcome addition to the solo trumpet repertoire and certainly long overdue in my studio!" (Fred Mills - formerly Canadian Brass)