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Cello Birthdays – 17 October


Domenico Zipoli

(17 October 1688 – 2 January 1726)

Italian composer and Jesuit

Domenico Zipoli

Here is his “Adagio” for oboe, cello, organ and orchestra performed by cellist Bernard Fonteny, oboist Pierre Pierlot, and organist Anne-Marie Beckensteiner with the Orchestre de Chambre Jean-François Paillard, conducted by Jean-François Paillard. (Zipoli’s piece is originally for organ and is a mix of “All’elevazione” in F and in C.)



Herbert Howells

(17 October 1892 – 23 February 1983)

English composer, organist, and teacher

Herbert Howells

Photo by Clive Barda – Original publication: Portrait photograph. Immediate source: National Portrait Gallery, Fair use.

 Here is the first movement of his Cello Concerto, performed by cellist Guy Johnston with the Britten Sinfonia directed by Christopher Seaman:


Jaap Spaanderman, Jr.

(17 October 1896 – 22 July 1985)

Dutch pianist, cellist, conductor, and teacher

Jaap Spaanderman


Rain Worthington

Happy birthday!

American composer

Rain Worthington

Here is the world premiere of her Resolves performed by cellist Roger Morelló Ros:

Read more about this piece in Erica’s postcard.

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.