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Curator’s Corner: March 2022

March at the Cello Museum

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March at the Cello Museum

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. It’s March, which means it is Women’s History Month! To celebrate, we’re featuring several women – composers and two cellists – as well as other great cello articles.

Sing the North, A Stonkingly Gorgeous Piece, and an Interview with Cellist Keiran Campbell

Sing the North, a Gorgeous Piece, and Versatile Virtuoso Cellist Keiran Campbell

Love the sound of the cello and voice together? Want a chance to take part in a wonderful virtual performance? Want to know more about a virtuosic and very versatile cellist? You’ll love our article summarizing a fantastic interview with the remarkable modern and baroque cellist, Keiran Campbell.

Can’t wait to get started? Learn more about Sing the North (STN) and the choral piece with a gorgeous cello solo, Imant Raminsh’s “In the Night We Shall Go In,” for SSAATBB chorus, solo cello, and string ensemble. The cello solo is already taken, but you can join the choir and sing this beautiful work. That said, cellists, there’s nothing to stop you from learning the solo on your own . . .

The artistic director and conductor, Dr. Kathryn Whitney, has kindly offered our Cello Museum family a 10% discount off this STN project, “In the Night We Shall Go In,” by Imant Raminsh featuring cellist Keiran Campbell. Click here and use the discount code: cello

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Catherine Neville

Catherine Neville

Catherine Neville

Every month we celebrate women making history through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of March, we shine a spotlight on composer, clarinetist, and educator, Catherine Neville. In particular, we’ll focus on her Sonata for cello and piano.

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

Rain Worthington Interview about Her New Album: Passages Through Time

Passages Through Time by Rain Worthington

As part of our celebration of Women’s History Month, we were delighted speak with composer Rain Worthington about her new album, Passages Through Time, which features the cello and other string-centric works. As the album notes put it, these recordings capture

“the mystery of instrumental music’s ability to communicate the universality of emotional experiences. She invites the listener into the realm of the nonverbal to reveal the primal commonality of our experiences of life, thus directly touching the heart and soul with music that is delicate and subtle, yet powerful and transporting.” – album notes from Navona Records

Can’t wait for the interview? Check out Erica’s postcards about her pieces for unaccompanied cello: “Then Again” and “Resolves.”  Also, listen to a piece that our Cello Museum family helped title.

We will have a giveaway later to go with the article. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to learn how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Passages Through Time.

Meet Cellist Clíodhna Ní Aodáin

Clíodhna Ní Aodáin

To celebrate both Women’s History Month and St. Patrick’s Day, we are thrilled to have a conversation with cellist, composer, conductor, and teacher, Clíodhna Ní Aodáin. If you don’t already know of her work, you may remember that we featured her recent book of  20 Celtic Cello Duets (which work as solos or duets) on our holiday gift ideas list.

Classically trained, she is an expert on both performing – and teaching – Celtic music.

“Combining the traditional melodies of Ireland and Scotland with harmonies that speak of a more classical heritage, Clíodhna brings together tunes that all have stories to tell — stories of love, separation, nature and the cycle of life.” – Clíodhna Ní Aodáin’s website

Can’t wait for the St. Patrick’s Day interview? Order 20 Celtic Cello Duets and/or her CDs today: The Celtic Cello (2018), Celtic Rituals (2021). The Celtic Cello is also available to listen to online.

We will have a giveaway later to go with the article. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to learn how to enter for a chance to win some sheet music by Clíodhna Ní Aodáin’s (PDF) and some Cello Museum merch.

A New Series on the Cello Sonatas of Max Reger

Max Reger Playing the Piano

We are excited to announce the beginning of a new series by Dr. Peter Swanson about German composer Max Reger (19 March 1873 – 11 May 1916) starting later this month on his birthday. Dr. Swanson, a cellist and Reger specialist, tells us that although Reger

“is not much of a household name outside of his homeland, . . . in his day he was usually mentioned in the same breath as Richard Strauss. . .”

Fortunately for cellists,

Reger was extremely prolific, with well more than one thousand individual works to his name . . . [including] four sonatas for cello and piano, along with a set of three solo suites for cello.”

This new series focuses on Reger’s four sonatas. For each one, Dr. Swanson will take a deeper dive into the work’s history, context, and composition.

We welcome Dr. Swanson to the Cello Museum family and look forward to his series, beginning with Reger’s first cello sonata in f minor, Op. 5.

An Interview with Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel about Her Complete Beethoven Album

We are thrilled to also feature cellist Jennifer Kloetzel this month in a conversation about her recently released album of the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano – Beethoven: The Conquering Hero. This monumental three-CD work is the March 2022 BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Month.

“Kloetzel and Koenigs benchmark Beethoven is a masterclass in musicianship” – BBC Music Magazine, Recording of the Month

Her connection with Beethoven goes way back.

“Jennifer Kloetzel’s lifelong journey with Beethoven began early: she was eight years old when her teacher placed the composer’s second cello sonata on her music stand, opening the door to an odyssey of intrigue and, ultimately, obsession with the composer’s music . . . Jennifer now arrives at a career milestone with this recording of Beethoven’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano.” – Jennifer Kloetzel’s website

We will have another giveaway to go with this interview. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to learn how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Beethoven: The Conquering Hero.

Soul Music: Works for the Cello Inspired by Hebraic Themes

Soul Music

We are thrilled to collaborate with the London Cello Society (LCS) on their upcoming program: Soul Music: Works for the Cello Inspired by Hebraic Themes with cellists Robert Max and Raphael Wallfisch.

To go along with the LCS program in May, at the end of March, we will be publishing articles about cello music inspired by Hebraic themes, including editions information from Dr. Yuriy Leonovich and postcards from Erica Lessie.

We are grateful to Dr. Selma Gokcen and the LCS for involving us in this fabulous project.

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