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Cello Birthdays – 8 October

1551

Giulio Caccini

(8 October 1551 – c.10 December 1618)

Italian composer, teacher, singer, instrumentalist, and writer

Giulio Caccini

Here is his most famous piece, “Ave Maria,” which was actually composed by Vladimir Vavilov and attributed to Caccini. Here is an arrangement by David Cullen, recorded by Julian Lloyd Webber with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Judd:


1869

Komitas

(8 October [O.S. 26 September] 1869 – 22 October 1935)

Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer, and choirmaster

Komitas in 1901/2

Komitas in 1901/2

Here is Yo-Yo Ma playing “Krunk” (“The Crane”) by Komitas:

Here is an edition of “Krunk” by our Cello Music Editions Specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich.


1870

Louis Vierne

(25 September 1862 – 11 October 1897)

French composer and organist

Louis Vierne

Here is the first movement of his Cello Sonata, Op. 27, performed by cellist Hannah Holman and pianist Réne Lecuona:


1922

Svend Westergaard

(8 October 1922 – 22 June 1988)

Danish composer

Svend Westergaard

Here is the first movement of his Cello Concerto, Op. 26 (1961), recorded by cellist Gert von Bülow with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jerzy Semkov:


1930

Tōru Takemitsu

(8 October 1930 – 20 February 1996)

Japanese composer and writer

Tōru Takemitsu

Photo by Guy Vivien – This image has been downloaded from this site. Fair use.

Here are Orion and Pleiades for Cello and Orchestra (1984), performed by cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi with the NHK Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hiroyuki Iwaki:


1954

Carl Vine

Happy birthday!

Australian composer

Carl Vine

Photo by Keith Saunders © 2011

Here is his “Inner World” for Cello and Chamber Orchestra performed by cellist Ng Pei-Sian:


1982

Maja Bogdanović

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Serbian cellist

Maja Bogdanović

Here she performs the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor, Op. 33, with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eugene Tzigane:


1987

Andreas Brantelid

Happy birthday!

Swedish-Danish cellist

Andreas Brantelid

Photo credit: Ida Wang

Here he performs the Dvořák Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 104, with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest:



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.

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