Bartolomeo Giuseppe “del Gesù” Guarneri
(21 August 1698 – 17 October 1744)
The son of Giuseppe filius Andrea Guarneri (25 November 1666 – c. 1739/1740) and grandson of Andrea Guarneri (1626 – 1698). He is known as “del Gesù,” meaning “of Jesus” because, after 1731, he put IHS and a cross fleury on his instrument labels.
He is not known to have made any cellos. Still, he is thought to have finished one by his father from 1731 and also had a hand in making another cello by his father that you can hear in the video below from 1729, the “Weiss” cello, named for Peter Weiss AO, who donated it to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, played by cellist Julian Thompson.
(21 August 1812 – 20 February 1886)
German cellist and composer
(21 August 1893 – 15 March 1918)
French composer, younger sister of Nadia Boulanger, studied several instruments in her youth, including the cello
Here is the first of her Deux Pièces pour Violon et Piano, Nocturne, recorded by cellist Isang Enders and pianist Sun-Wook Kim:
(21 August 1895 – 11 November 1954)
Italian cellist, teacher, and composer
Here are his Tre Pezzi Infantili for cello and piano (1. Il Cucu, 2. Passano i Soldatini, 3. Gavotta) recorded by cellist Settimio Guadagni and pianist Angela Massini:
Cremaine Booker (aka “That Cello Guy”)
American cellist, pianist, vocalist, and composer
Here he performs his cello cover of “Arrival of the Birds” by The Cinematic Orchestra, which he writes is one of his “favorite pieces in the world”:
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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