Recital Pieces and Etudes for the Advanced Beginning Cellist: Die Eichhörnchen
Die Eichhörnchen, or The Squirrels,is a selection in a set of pedagogical cello works written by Alfred in Stuttgart, Germany. The full name of the set is “Etüden und Vortragsstücke für Violoncello, mit und ohne Klavierbegleitung, für fortgeschrittene Anfänger in ersten, vierten, zweiten und dritten engen Lage,” or, “Recital Pieces and Etudes for the Advanced Beginning ‘Cellist in First, Fourth, Second and Third Closed Position, with and without Piano Accompaniment.” Alfred intended this set tf works to be the next level of pedagogical book to follow his first set, Seven Easy Pieces for Beginning Cellists. Alfred’s motivation behind this piece was based on the ideas of Luigi Silva and Rudolf Matz, who believed that closed fourth position should follow closed first position in cello pedagogy, rather than the traditional method of immediately teaching open position. Alfred sent this set to Boosey and Hawkes for publishing as a sequel to the first set, but they were never published.