Carl Maria von Weber
(18 November 1786 – 5 June 1826)
German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist, and critic
Here is his Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 10, J. 103, arranged for cello and recorded by Piatigorsky with pianist Ivor Newton (1934):
Here is an edition of his Grand Potpourri, Op. 20 (Urtext Edition) by Dr. Yuriy Leonovich.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
(18 November [O.S. 6 November] 1860 – 29 June 1941)
Polish pianist, composer, spokesman for Polish independence, and Polish Prime Minister and foreign minister (and signator of the Treaty of Versailles)
Recorded at Paderewski’s home, here are some of his works transcribed for cello and piano by pianist Marek Zebrowski and performed by Zebrowski and cellist Lars Hoefs:
(18 November 1895 – 19 April 1981)
Swiss musicologist, composer, pianist, and conductor
Here is his Suite for unaccompanied cello performed by cellist Gunta Abele:
Here is the fourth movement of his Moments recorded by cellist Eric Kutz and pianist Audrey Andrist:
(18 November 1933 – 8 November 1991)
American cellist, performance artist, and advocate for avant-garde music
Here is Charlotte Moorman performing Nam June Paik’s TV Bra for Living Sculpture (1969) and Chamber Music (1969):
Here is his Failing: A Very Difficult Piece Solo String Bass, performed by cellist Annamarie Kasper:
(18 November 1951 – 23 December 2016)
Austrian cellist and conductor
Here he performs the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen:
Here he performs his “Moloch” with cellist Maya Beiser:
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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