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Cello Birthdays – 16 September


Hugo Dechert

(16 September 1860 – 7 November 1923)

German cellist

Hugo Dechert


 Nadia Boulanger

(16 September 1887 – 22 October 1979)

French conductor, composer, and teacher

Nadia Boulanger

Here are her 3 Pieces for cello and piano performed by cellist Dora Kuzmin and pianist Petra Gilming:


Fritz Geißler

(16 September 1921 – 11 January 1984)

German composer

Fritz Geißler

Here is his Concertino for cello and small orchestra (1981) recorded by cellist Hans-Joachim Scheitzbach with the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ude Nissen:

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.