Who needs a full orchestra when you have technology? Cremaine Booker, who goes by That Cello Guy online, is a classically-trained cellist who has performed extensively around the country. He is currently the principal cello for Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and he serves as a studio cellist for various musical acts. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has meant far fewer performances than usual, so Cremaine finally had the time to work on a piece he’s always hoped to cover.
Gabriel Fauré’s “Pavane” originated in 1887 as a traditional Spanish court dance. The orchestral version calls for 12 cellists to perform the many nuances of the piece, but Cremaine played every part himself! He painstakingly recorded all 12 parts, and then he edited them together into one big, beautiful song.
“Faure’s Pavane is soooo gorgeous,” he wrote on Facebook. “This version for 12 Cellos (yes, TWELVE) was such a huge undertaking, but I made it happen (whew!). Doing tempo changes with 12 parts Is NOT easy, but I’m proud of how it turned out. I hope you enjoy.”
Cremaine’s version is incredibly atmospheric, and we can’t get enough of watching his fingers and bow pluck out the perfect notes at the perfect time. Watch his solo masterpiece in the video below, and be sure to share this story.
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