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Cello Birthdays – 21 October

1879

Joseph Canteloube

(21 October 1879 – 4 November 1957)

French composer, musicologist, and author

Joseph Canteloube

Here is “Baïlèro” from his Chants d’Auvergne performed by Julian Lloyd Webber:


1885

Egon Wellesz

(21 October 1885 – 9 November 1974)

Austrian-British composer, teacher, and musicologist

Egon Wellesz

Here is his Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 31 (1920), recorded by cellist Anna Sawicka:

 


1906

Tomojirō Ikenouchi

(21 October 1906 – 9 March 1991)

 Japanese composer and professor

Tomojirō Ikenouchi

Here is his “Ballade” performed by his grandaughter, cellist Kristina Cooper, and pianist Uri Brener:

 


1908

Howard Ferguson

(21 October 1908 – 31 October 1999)

Irish composer and musicologist

Howard Ferguson

Here is “The Green Bushes,” from his Five Irish Folk Tunes performed by cellist Tony Ross and pianist Bryon Wilson:


1921

Sir Malcolm Arnold

(21 October 1921 – 23 September 2006)

 English composer

Here is the Allegretto from his Fantasy for unaccompanied cello recorded by Julian Lloyd Webber:


1921

Jarmil Burghauser

(21 October 1921, Písek – 19 February 1997)

Czech composer, conductor, and musicologist

Jarmil Burghauser

He created a catalog of works by Antonín Dvořák. Here is his orchestration of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in A Major recorded by cellist Miloš Sádlo and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Václav Neumann:


1949

Shulamit Ran

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Israeli-American composer

Shulamit Ran

Here are her Fantasy Variations (1979, rev. 1984) for solo cello performed by cellist Tom Kraines:


1962

Fredrik Sixten

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Swedish composer, cathedral organist, and conductor

Fredrik Sixten

Here is his “Epilogue” recorded by Pellas G Hansson:


1968

Giovanni Ricciardi

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German cellist

Giovanni Ricciardi

Photo by Microne, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here are excerpts of a 2018 recital he gave with pianist Massimiliano Damerini:


1973

Lera Auerbach

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Russian-American composer, conductor, and concert pianist

Lera Auerbach

Photo Credit: Friedrun Reinhold

Here she performs her Cello Sonata with cellist Alisa Weilerstein:



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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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