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Curator’s Corner: July 2021

July at The Cello Museum

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July Curator's Corner

Thank you for joining us at The Cello Museum! It’s July, and we have a busy month ahead of us.

Join Us at the Cello Book Club Meeting with Kittie Lambton

Young Woman holding The Cellist's Notebook by Kittie Lambton

The winner will receive a signed copy of The Cellist’s Notebook and a Cello Museum mug.

Join us in reading about how 10-year-old Emily Peters discovers a cello, a cellist’s notebook – and their stories – as she visits her grandmother for summer vacation. The Cellist’s Notebook is a quick but uplifting read connecting the past with the present through a memorable piece of cello music.

We are so pleased that author Kittie Lambton has agreed to join us for our online book club meeting on 18 July 2021 at 5 PM BST.

In conjunction with our book club meeting, we are running a contest to compose the engaging musical fragment portrayed in this book! Click here for details.

Link to the discussion page for The Cellist’s Notebook.

The Cellist by Best-Selling Author Daniel Silva

When we hear the name “Silva” and the word “cellist,” our minds usually go to Luigi Silva. However, all year we’ve seen teasers for the latest thriller by Daniel Silva called The Cellist.

The wait is nearly over for the release of Silva’s latest book featuring Gabriel Allon – spy and art restorer extraordinaire. But who is “the cellist”? How much cello action is included in this book? We’ll let you know in our review on the release date.

The Cellist is available for pre-order now and due to be released next week, on 13 July.

Etudes and Wieniawski: Always Striving for Higher Technique

Cover of an edition fo Wieniawski Etudes Caprices

To celebrate the birthday of Henryk Wieniawski (10 July 1835 – 31 March 1880), this month, our Cello Music Editions Specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich, will discuss his adventures with Wieniawski’s virtuosic violin Etudes-Caprices. Here’s what Dr. Leonovich says about his upcoming article:

In 2019, Brinton Smith of the Houston Symphony asked me to transcribe Wieniawski’s tour de force violin Etudes-Caprices for 2 cellos. I took him up on the challenge. If you’ve ever wondered what is there beyond Grützmacher and Paganini, you can now explore Wieniawski’s Etudes-Caprices Op. 18 and take your technique to the next level.

Looking forward to the challenge, Dr. Leonovich!

That’s What She Said . . . Unaccompanied Works for Cello by Women Composers

This month we look forward to the return of cellist and women’s music specialist Erica Lessie. Each month her series features three pieces in the form of short, digital postcards. These postcards are for cellists in search of new repertoire and for listeners eager to discover new additions to their playlists.

Erica was away last month. Her May postcards featured works by Barbara Heller, Ilse de Ziah, and Nina Shekhar.

If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check out the previous installments of “That’s What She Said.” Interested in having your piece featured? Please get in touch with us.

Bow History – Part 2

Tips of 4 cello bows

Looking for the next installment of bow history from our Bow Specialist, Andrew Bellis? His next article will be here in August. In the meantime, if you have any specific questions, please get in touch.

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