Soul Music Works for the Cello Inspired by Hebraic Themes Part 1 by Dr. Yuriy Leonovich

Soul Music: Works for the Cello Inspired by Hebraic Themes – Part 1

Looking for cello music inspired by Hebraic themes? In collaboration with the London Cello Society, Selma Gokcen, Chair, here is Part 1 of our two-part series on the topic. . A Note from Selma Gokcen, Chair of the London Cello Society “The following database arose as a collaborative effort between

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Music Research Cold Cases by Dr. Yuriy Leonovich

Cold Cases in Music Research

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a cold case is “an unsolved criminal investigation … that has stopped being actively pursued because of a lack of evidence.” There are cold cases in music research, too, although they typically are not related to criminal activity. Cold Cases from the Cello Music Collection

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The Cello Sonatas of Jean-Baptiste Bréval by Dr. Yuriy Leonovich

The Cello Sonatas of Jean-Baptiste Bréval

Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Bréval (6 November 1753 – 18 March 1823) was a French cellist and composer perhaps best known for his cello sonatas, particularly C Major (Op. 40, No. 1) and G Major (Op. 12, No. 5). Sonatas with a Second Cello Part Bréval was one of the last students

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A Tour de Force: Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 2 by Dr. Yuriy Leonovich

A Tour de Force: Camille Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 2

French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist Camille Saint-Saëns (9 October 1835 – 16 December 1921), wrote five major works for the cello: a suite with piano (rev. orchestra) (1866) two sonatas (1872 and 1905) two concertos (1872 and 1902) A Collaboration with Cellist Joseph Hollman Cello Concerto No. 2, Cello

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That's all, hoax!

That’s All, Hoax!

When we think of a hoax, things like Bigfoot and UFOs come to mind. But music has its own share of hoaxes. The genre is even called “musical hoax.” You might not realize this, but many of us have musical hoaxes in our repertoire. Many hoaxes come from the 1910s-1960s,

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Bantock's Sapphic Poem by Dr. Yuriy Leonovich

Bantock’s Sapphic Poem

Elgar’s Successor Sir Granville Ransome Bantock (7 August 1868 – 16 October 1946), composer, conductor, and music professor, was one of the most popular composers of his time. Today, however, he is largely forgotten. His circle of friends included several famous composers, such as Sir Edward Elgar (2 June 1857

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Wieniawski photo and cover of his Etudes-Caprices

Etudes, Wieniawski? Caprices and Techniques and Tools

Always Reaching for a Higher Level of Technique   In 2019, Brinton Smith of the Houston Symphony asked me to transcribe Henryk Wieniawski’s tour de force violin Etudes-Caprices for two cellos. I took him up on the challenge. Smith is always reaching for a higher level of technique. He lists

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Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra

Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) is perhaps the most well-known Armenian composer outside of Armenia. He was also a conductor and studied the cello in his youth. Within Armenia, he is so famous that his face appears on a 50-dram banknote. Although acclaimed in Armenia and the former Soviet Union, Khachaturian is

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More than a Memory: Tchaikovsky's Cello Concerto

More than Memory: Tchaikovsky’s Cello Concerto

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, like other great artists and thinkers throughout time, brainstormed a multitude of ideas. Despite his brilliance, he ultimately realized only some of them. The majority of these conceptions faded into mere memories. Other ideas became sketches. The fortunate ones evolved into great musical

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Im Walde title page and photo of David Popper

A Sweeping Success: David Popper’s Im Walde

David Popper – Cellist and composer David Popper was born in Prague in 1843 and died in Baden in 1913. He had an illustrious career as a cello soloist, on par with his colleagues Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein, and Karl Davydov. Today, Popper is best remembered for his High School

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