(16 October 1852 – 31 December 1927)
He was the dedicatee of Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 2. Here is a 1922 recording of him playing “The Swan” with pianist Thomas Griselle
(16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)
Irish poet and playwright
He is said to have dreamed about and then commissioned a coat in the shape of a cello:
Read more about this in the Oscar Wilde in America Blog.
(16 October 1871 – 4 February 1916)
Belgian cellist, composer, conductor, and teacher
Here is his “Le Réveil d’un dieu” for cello and orchestra (1909) performed by cellist Luc Dewez with conductor Pierre Bartholomée:
(16 October 1936 – 22 March 2013)
Argentine pianist, composer, and music director
Here is the first movement of his Cello Sonata performed by cellist Eugenia Menta:
Here he performs Hans Werner Henze’s “Epitaph”:
Italian music engraver, cellist, and teacher
Here is the premiere performance of his transcription (with Marcio Carneiro), of Enrique Granados’ “Intermezzo” from the opera Goyescas performed by cellist Giovanni Sollima and students at the Conservatorio di Musica “Niccolò Piccinni” di Bari:
Links to purchase the score are in the YouTube description.
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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