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Cello Birthdays – 18 November

1778

Carl Maria von Weber

(18 November 1786 – 5 June 1826)

German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist, and critic

Carl Maria von Weber

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.


1860

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)

Ignacy Jan Paderewski

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:

 


1895

Ernst Levy

(18 November 1895 – 19 April 1981)

Swiss musicologist, composer, pianist, and conductor

Ernst Levy

Here is his Suite for unaccompanied cello performed by cellist Gunta Abele:

 


1927

Lawrence Moss

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American composer

Lawrence Moss

Here is the fourth movement of his Moments recorded by cellist Eric Kutz and pianist Audrey Andrist:


1933

Charlotte Moorman

(18 November 1933 – 8 November 1991)

American cellist, performance artist, and advocate for avant-garde music

Charlotte Moorman performs Jim McWilliams’s Ice Music for London, International Carnival of Experimental Sound, London, 1972. Photographer unknown. Photo courtesy Charlotte Moorman Archive, Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library.

Charlotte Moorman performs Jim McWilliams’s Ice Music for London, International Carnival of Experimental Sound, London, 1972. Photographer unknown. Photo courtesy Charlotte Moorman Archive, Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library.

Here is Charlotte Moorman performing Nam June Paik’s TV Bra for Living Sculpture (1969) and Chamber Music (1969):

 


1939

Tom Johnson

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 American composer

Tom Johnson
Here is his Failing: A Very Difficult Piece Solo String Bass, performed by cellist Annamarie Kasper:


1951

Heinrich Schiff

(18 November 1951 – 23 December 2016)

Austrian cellist and conductor

Heinrich Schiff

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:


1952

Carter Burwell

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American composer

Carter Burwell

Photo by Tycho Burwell

Here he performs his “Moloch” with cellist Maya Beiser:



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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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