Morning Glories: Cello Celebration

October 20, 2014
cello section
Cello section of the Orchestra of the Munich University of Applied Sciences, concert in the Great Hall of the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.
Mark Kamin

This week, we'll bring you the first in a series of essays written exclusively for our website by best-selling author Edward Kelsey Moore (The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat).

Edward Kelsey Moore is also a cellist who has studied with some of the greats, and has worked for decades as a professional musician and teacher before adding author to his list of credentials.

As we invite you to get to know Moore and to read his essay, we also invite you to tune in to our Morning Glories, with five pieces celebrating the sonorous voice of the cello.

Monday

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Moore's teacher Janos Starker is the soloist in Tchaikovsky's set of variations.

Tuesday

Boccherini/Grutzmacher: Cello Concerto
It was a later cellist who adapted Boccherini's work to create "the Boccherini concerto," which has become a repertoire standard.

Wednesday

Elgar: Cello Concerto
When she was 20, Jacqueline du Pre went into London's Kingsway Hall to record Elgar. This was the result — one of the most famous classical recordings ever made.

Thursday

Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1
If you like one cello, how about eight of them? That's the scoring that Villa-Lobos used in this work paying homage to Bach and to the music of Brazil.

Friday

Virgil Thomson: Cello Concerto
Thomson's signature wit comes through in this concerto, which combines hymn-tunes and cheeky quotations of Beethoven.