My Exploration of Chamber Music

posted on   by  Loi Heldt

By Sarah Rosier


When I was a few years younger, there was a time every year when my mom would ask me if I wanted to re-audition for chamber music. As a cellist, that decision mainly involved considering if I really want to be stuck with “boring” baselines and the duty of “keeping the tempo steady.”  After all, cellists don’t usually get the exciting melody. You might even call us overlooked. I remember one concert looking out and seeing all eyes trained on… you guessed it, the first violinist. Having mastered my part to be able to play it with thought and character, I was a little miffed, even if I was relieved, I didn’t need to learn all those high notes. 


Yet every year as a kid, I would realize chamber music was not something I wanted to give up. Why? Because there was still something about chamber music that I found incredibly fun and appealing. First of all, it was an affirmation that practicing everyday was worth it, because it gave me the ability to make music with other musicians who were learning to appreciate music, just like me. We could discuss musical character and play off of one another in a way completely unique to chamber music. With four players, we could create an explosion, then just as quickly create musical tranquility.


Now, I am even more aware of the importance of chamber music in my life. It has allowed me to play Dvorak (where I get to play multiple melodic lines) with the wonderful musicians of Amici, and delve into some of the greatest musical works of all time. Ultimately, music is not just about playing exciting roles, but it’s about finding ways to share that music with others. Chamber music is a very special way of doing that