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Cello Birthdays – 15 November


Frederico de Freitas

(15 November 1902 – 12 January 1980)

Portuguese composer, conductor, musicologist, and pedagogue

Frederico de Freitas

Here is his Nocturno for cello and piano, recorded by cellist Jed Barahal and pianist Christina Margotto:


Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg

(15 November 1907 – 20 July 1944)

German aristocrat, cellist, and failed assassin of Hitler

Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg


Peter Dickinson

Happy birthday!

English composer, musicologist, author, and pianist

Peter Dickinson, 1989 (photo: Malcolm Crowthers)

Peter Dickinson, 1989. Photo: Malcolm Crowthers

Here is his Threnody for cello and piano, recorded by cellist Lydia Hillerudh and pianist Joseph Havlat :


Pierre Jalbert

Happy birthday

American composer and professor

Pierre Jalbert

Here is his Cello Sonata performed by cellist Clare Monfredo and pianist Yvonne Chen:

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!

We include those with recordings and/or images available online.