外语教育网
您的位置:外语教育网 > 英语文化视窗 > 文学与艺术 > 散文 正文
  • 站内搜索:

我和我的大提琴(原文)

2006-02-09 00:00Trends

Me And My Cello

Six years ago I, then a fellow of 35, was struck by an impulse of the romantic and irreducible(无法减轻的) sort, which I have since compared to a torrid scene in The Godfather except that it was not a Sicilian virgin who fired my thoughts but a shapely descendant of the violin family, the cello.

Straightaway(笔直的路径)I obtained a rental instrument of heavy plywood and appeared before Wendell Margrave, professor of musical instruction. It was winter.

"You can be as good as you want to be," Margrave said rather mysteriously. On a scrap of paper he drew a staff with the notes E and F. He showed me where to put my fingers on the neck and how to draw the bow. The he entered my name in his book: 10 a.m. Tuesday. Tuesday followed Tuesday, and soon it was spring.

Thus began my voyage out of ignorance and into the dream. Is there one among us who has not had this dream? Who has not picked up a friend's guitar and felt the songs locked inside? Who has not wondered if he could learn to play the Moonlight Sonata at least the easy beginning part?

It was most remarkable to have a teacher again. E-F, E-F, we played together and moved on to G. It was a happy time. I was again becoming, and no longer trapped in what I had become.

Surely the most abominable recognition of middle life is that we are past changing. Oh, we switch salad(沙拉) dressings and mutual funds but we don't change. We do what we can already do. The cello was something I demonstrably(确然) couldn't do. Yet each Tuesday I could not do it slightly less.

No one was watching, and a good thing. In an upstairs room of my city house, at midnight, I would send out through the open windows long, tortured fragments of Alwin Schroeder's 170 Foundation Studies for Violoncello to mingle with the squeals(长而尖的声音) of cats. The footfalls of unseen passers-by would curiously stop, and then resume in haste.

Riding home on the bus one snowy night and perusing the score of Mozart's C-Major Quintet(五重奏), I felt the page burst into music in my hands. I could by then more or less read a score, and was humming the cello line, when suddenly all five parts blossomed harmonically(和声地) in my head. The fellow across from the aisle stared. I met his glance with tears, actually hearing the music in my head for the first time. Could he hear it too, perhaps? No, he got off at the next stop.

As the years slipped by, my daughter passed into the teen-age vale, developing a youthful proficiency(熟练) on the piano. My goal was that she and I would one day perform together. I also wanted to perform in public with and for my peers, and to be secretly envied.

I continue to play, to perform, but it is not the same. Fantasy, it turns out, is debased in the attainment. Before, when I heard a cello, it was all beauty and light. Now as the TV camera pushes in close to Rostropovich's face, I recognize that charismatic grin as a mask of fierce determination. Even for him, the cello is an intractable(难处理的) instrument, unforgiving of ambition.

As good as I wanted to be, I am as good as I'm going to get. It is good enough.

[需要翻译的点击这里]
相关热词:literature essay cello
栏目相关课程表
科目名称 主讲老师 课时 免费试听 优惠价 购买课程
英语零起点 郭俊霞 30课时 试听 150元/门 购买
综艺乐园 ------ 13课时 试听 100元/门 购买
边玩边学 ------ 10课时 试听 60元/门 购买
情景喜剧 ------ 15课时 试听 100元/门 购买
欢乐课堂 ------ 35课时 试听 150元/门 购买
基础英语辅导课程
郭俊霞 北京语言大学毕业,专业英语八级,国内某知名中学英语教研组组长,教学标兵……详情>>
郭俊霞:零基础英语网上辅导名师

  1、凡本网注明 “来源:外语教育网”的所有作品,版权均属外语教育网所有,未经本网授权不得转载、链接、转贴或以其他方式使用;已经本网授权的,应在授权范围内使用,且必须注明“来源:外语教育网”。违反上述声明者,本网将追究其法律责任。
  2、本网部分资料为网上搜集转载,均尽力标明作者和出处。对于本网刊载作品涉及版权等问题的,请作者与本网站联系,本网站核实确认后会尽快予以处理。本网转载之作品,并不意味着认同该作品的观点或真实性。如其他媒体、网站或个人转载使用,请与著作权人联系,并自负法律责任。
  3、联系方式
  编辑信箱:for68@chinaacc.com
  电话:010-82319999-2371