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Cello Birthdays – 14 November

1778

Johann Nepomuk Hummel

(14 November 1778 – 17 October 1837)

Austrian composer and pianist

Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Here is his Sonata for Piano and Cello in A Major, Op. 104, performed by cellist Jozef Podhoranský and pianist Monika Mockovčáková:


1880

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

(14 November 1805 – 14 May 1847)

German composer and pianist

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Fanny Hensel, 1842, by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

Here is her “Fantasie” in g minor for cello and piano performed by cellist Tilly Cernitori and pianist Sabina Hasanova:

 


1900

Aaron Copland

(14 November 1900 – 2 December 1990)

American composer, composition teacher, writer, and conductor

Aaron Copland

Here is an 11-cello cover of his Fanfare for the Common Man played by WocherMusic:

 


1905

August Wensinger

(14 November 1905 – 25 December 1996)

Swiss cellist, viola da gamba player, conductor, teacher, and music scholar

August Wensinger


1942

Natalia Gutman

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Russian cellist and People’s Artist of the USSR

Natalia Gutman

Here she performs the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107, with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Eri Klas in 1987:

 


1948

Charles, Prince of Wales

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 Heir apparent to the British throne and amateur cellist

Charles, Prince of Wales

Here he plays a few notes:


1951

Jacob ter Veldhuis (Jacob TV)

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Dutch composer

Jacob ter Veldhuis

Here is his Rainbow Concerto performed by Denis Shapovalov with the Svetlanov’s State Academic Symphony Orchestra under Rene Gulikers:


1952

Maria Kliegel

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German cellist

Maria Kliegel

Photo © by Maria Kliegel

Here she performs Schubert’s Sonata in a minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821, with pianist Youngran Han:


1977

Lucio Amanti

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Italian cellist and composer

Lucio Amanti

Here is his recording of the first movement of his Jazz Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano, Eckuinox:



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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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