NYWC Spotlight Lynn Bechtold “Don’t Look at the Sky”

Celebrating New Music for the Cello – New York Women Composers Spotlight: Lynn Bechtold

Featured Artist: Lynn Bechtold We are excited to continue our collaboration with the New York Women Composers. This month, we spotlight composer and conductor Lynn Bechtold. From her bio: “Violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold, a native of Pittsburgh, has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., Argentina, Canada, France, Holland, Japan, and Switzerland. She composes

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Cellists Notebook Contest Winners

Congratulations Cellist’s Notebook Composition Contest Winners!

We love all things cello, including books and music, so we were thrilled to offer a composition contest to accompany our July Cello Book Club‘s discussion of The Cellist’s Notebook by Kittie Lambton. The following video includes highlights from the Cello Book Club meeting with Kittie Lambton, several excerpts read

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Celebrating New Music for the Cello NYWC Spotlight: Whitney George

Celebrating New Music for the Cello – New York Women Composers Spotlight: Whitney George

A New Collaborative Series with the NYWC Welcome to the first installment of our new series in collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). Each month will feature a NYWC member, highlighting one of her works for the cello. This series was created to showcase the composers in the

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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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Contest: Compose the Memorable Musical Fragment in The Cellist's Notebook

Contest: Compose the Memorable Musical Fragment in The Cellist’s Notebook

We are pleased to announce a contest to accompany our upcoming Cello Book Club meeting with author Kittie Lambton to discuss her book, The Cellist’s Notebook. Contest The contest is to see who can compose the most fitting musical fragment of Leni’s cello and piano piece that Emily discovers in

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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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