Max Richter has long been my favorite modern composer. His “On the Nature of Daylight” is so beautiful that I always want to cry, despite having listened to it god knows how many times since the early 2000’s. I was listening to it yesterday and thought, “hey, the second violin part would be crazy easy on cello.” So I tried it by ear and it sounded right. I checked Noteflight to see if I could find it written out, and they had it for piano in Ab major, but I’m too lazy/inexperienced to remember four flats so I transposed it to C and voila, it was what I’d been playing. So I had my intervals right just playing by ear. I am pleased with myself. :D
Here’s the original piece, which is transcendent.