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A Cellist’s Companion, A Comprehensive Catalogue of Cello Music

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More than three hundred years after the violoncello became established as a solo instrument, A Cellist’s Companion: A Comprehensive Catalogue of Cello Literature is a long overdue survey of the solo literature for violoncello.

A Cellist’s Companion, A Comprehensive Catalogue of Cello Literature is the culmination of more than thirty-five years of meticulous compilation of cello repertoire. A catalogue of cello repertoire of this scope has been long overdue. Approximately 45,000 titles written by over 15,000 composers are listed alphabetically by composer, and ordered by opus number, then alphabetically by title. This unique project to compile all music ever written for cello solo – published or unpublished – is intended to be a reference work that will quickly become every cellist’s companion.

The categories of cello repertoire include: cello solo (including cello with electronics or tape), cello and piano, cello and orchestra, cello duos and ensembles, duos with other instruments, cello solo and chamber ensemble, two or more solo instruments and orchestra, cello and voice, methods and studies. With the exception of cello ensemble music, chamber music works have been excluded unless the cello has a solo function. Unlike other catalogues which list only published music available at the time of the catalogue’s publication, A Cellist’s Companion includes all known works, spanning over 300 years. Published music, out-of-print editions, unpublished manuscripts, titles mentioned only in reference books, self-published works, and works mentioned only in reviews have all been included. Combining seemingly unimportant fragments of information from multiple sources has made it possible to piece together work-lists by famous and unknown composers, as well as cellist-composers such as Romberg, Dotzauer, Davidoff, and Fitzenhagen. 

The focus of the research is published music: published editions are the primary source. Secondary sources include reference works, such as Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Riemann’s Musik Lexicon, and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, as well as publisher’s catalogues, library catalogues, handbooks, music information services, advertisements on the back covers of sheet music, announcements, magazine articles, composer’s websites, and concert reviews. Although many titles have been translated into English, whenever possible titles have been left in their original language. Names with multiple spellings and/or pseudonyms are cross-referenced to the main spelling. Arrangements are cross-referenced to the original composer’s work, and when possible, the contents of collections are cross-referenced to the original work. The appendices include a list of publishers, library sigla, a bibliography with a short list of internet sites, and an index of works by instrumentation.

About the authors

Henk Lambooij, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (1933) studied with Klaas Kueter and, after Gymnasium α, with Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He was cellist in het Frysk Orkest, Brabants Orkest, Orkest van de Nederlandse Opera, Concertgebouworkest, and for 28 years, principal cellist of the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Hilversum. He performed in a wide variety of chamber music ensembles, most notably the Raphael Quartet. After his retirement from the orchestra, he completed a degree in Musicology at the University of Utrecht.

Michael Feves, born in Pendleton, Oregon, USA (1950), studied cello with William Bailey, Barton Frank, Evangeline Benedetti, Bernard Greenhouse, Lidewij. Scheifes and Anner Bijlsma. He taught at the Amersfoort Music School and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and he was cellist in the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest for 25 years. He has performed in many ensembles, from renaissance to modern music, and he types pretty well, thanks to Mrs. Stanhope’s 8th grade typing class.

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