A monkey on his shoulder

Cellist Walter Joachim spend some time in Calcutta, India. He recalled: “I bought a monkey with which to amuse myself. We played. He was sitting on my shoulders for hours when I was practising.” Joachim practised at least one or two movements of a Bach suite. “I started my day usually with Bach or a scale, played a Bit of Bach, then worked on the technical things that I had to play. You had to be on your toes.” Source: Siblin, Eric (2009) The Cello Suites. Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin, p. 123.