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Cello Birthdays – 21 November


Francisco Tárrega

(21 November 1852 – 15 December 1909)

Spanish composer and guitarist

Francisco Tárrega

Here is a cello ensemble arrangement (by K. Krantz) of his “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” performed by the UC Davis Cello Ensemble, directed by Susan Lamb Cook:

Here is Tárrega,s “Capricho árabe” transcribed for cello solo by Dr. Yuriy Leonovich.


Ossian Fohström

(21 November 1870 – 10 November 1952)

Finnish cellist

Ossian Fohström


Sigfrid Karg-Elert

(21 November 1877 – 9 April 1933)

German composer

Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Here is the first movement of his Cello Sonata No. 1 in A Major, recorded by cellist Walter Grimmer and pianist Stefan Fahrni:



Judith Shatin

Happy birthday!

American composer and professor

Judith Shatin

Photo by Peter Schaaf

Here is her For the Birds for cello and electronics, performed by cellist Will Spengler:

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.