(22 October 1765 – 20 September 20 [O.S. 8 September] 1823)
German pianist and composer
He is famous for having lost a musical duel with Ludwig van Beethoven. In Ferdinand Ries’s recollection of the event, Beethoven improvised on a Steibelt cello part. Ries wrote that Beethoven placed the music upside down on the piano and proceeded to improvise on it in a way that mocked Steibelt. Steibelt stormed out of the duel and said he would never return to Vienna as long as Beethoven lived there.
Now music students, including cellists, play his “Un Ballo,” but perhaps it’s not the best choice for a musical duel.
(22 October 1811 – 31 July 1886)
Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, and organist
Here are his complete works for cello and piano performed by cellist Francesco Dillon and pianist Emanuele Torquati:
(22 October 1826 – 3 February 1882)
Italian composer and cellist
Here is an “Andante” performed by cellist Anselmo Pelliccioni:
(22 October 1898 – 12 August 1985)
French composer, born in Romania
Here is his Sonata for unaccompanied cello performed by cellist Johann Causse:
(22 October 1905 – 7 August 1969)
Here is his “Autumn Leaves” performed by Old Wine (cellist Marta Mlejnek and bassist Bartek Mlejnek:
Kees van Baaren
(22 October 1906 – 2 September 1970)
Dutch composer, pianist, cellist, and harmonica player
(22 October 1931 – 5 January 2012)
Japanese composer, pianist, and conductor
He wrote an opera called Gauche the Cellist based on the short story by Kenji Miyazawa. Click here to see our article about the animated film inspired by the same short story. Here is a video showing behind-the-scenes footage on making his opera:
(22 October 1937 – 3 January 1995)
Slovak composer, cellist, pianist, accordionist, and teacher
Here is his Cello Concerto, recorded by cellist Eugen Prochác and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marián Lejava:
Swedish composer, cellist, bass guitarist, and double bassist
Here he performs his “Black Run” for Solo Cello:
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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