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Cello Birthdays – 1 September

1653

Johann Pachelbel

 (baptized 1 September 1653 – 3 March 1706)

German composer

Johann Pachelbel

Here is a video by The Piano Guys of their own version of Pachelbel’s famous Canon:


1854

Engelbert Humperdinck

(1 September 1854 – 27 September 1921)

 German composer

Engelbert Humperdinck

Here is “Abendsegen” from his opera Hänsel und Gretel, arranged by Joseph Twist and recorded by Sally Maer, Michelle Kelly, Narine Melconian, Stefan Duwe, Rosemary Quinn, and Kirsty McCahon:


1883

Louis Rosoor

(1 September 1883 – 1 March 1969)

French cellist and teacher

Louis Rosoor


1886

Othmar Schoeck

(1 September 1886 – 8 March 1957)

Swiss composer

Othmar Schoeck

Here is his Cello Concerto, Op. 61, performed by cellist Christoph Croisé with the Chamber Orchestra I TEMPI, conducted by Gevorg Gharabekyan:

  

1900

Kazimierz Wiłkomirski

(1 September 1900 – 7 March 1995)

Polish cellist, composer, and conductor

Kazimierz Wiłkomirski

Photo by Mikhail Ozerskiy / Михаил Озерский – crop from File: RIAN archive 77963 Cellists Rostropovich, Wilkomirski and Fournier in the jury of the 3rd International Tchaikovsky Competition.jpg, CC BY 3.0.

Here is his Aria performed by cellist Dobrochna Zubek and pianist Piotr Banasik:

 


1906

Franz Biebl

(1 September 1906 – 2 October 2001)

German composer

Franz Biebl

Here is his “Ave Maria” arranged for cello ensemble and recorded by Paul Ghica:


1911

Kōmei Abe

(1 September 1911 – 28 December 2006)

Japanese composer

Kōmei Abe


1921

Matt Doran

(1 September 1921 – 3 August 2016)

American composer

Matt Doran

Here is the first movement of his Duet for Clarinet and Cello, performed by cellist Suzanne Mueller and clarinetist Thomas Piercy:


1972

Gabriela Lena Frank

Happy birthday!

 American composer and pianist

Gabriela Lena Frank

Here is her “Las Sombras de la Apus” performed by cellists Jan Mueller-Szeraws, Carl Donakowski, James Wilson, and Anna Steinhoff:


1983

Natalia Przybysz

Happy birthday!

Polish vocalist and cellist

Natalia Przybysz

Natalia Przybysz. Photo by Andrzej Belina-Brzozowski, Agencja L&B Photo – Anna Małkowska, Management NATU, CC BY-SA 2.5.



Your Turn

Know of other cellists, cello makers, composers of music played by cellists, or those with a strong tie to the cello world born on this day? This is a work in progress. We’d love to hear from you if you have suggestions, additions, or corrections. Thank you!

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