An Overview and Timeline
by Patrick Waller and Renate Dehmer
These pages currently include a total of 2479 composers of around 3300 cello concertos, 961 (c.30%) of which have been commercially recorded.
The aims of the project, which was originally undertaken in the second half of 2020, are as follows:
1. To assist readers interested in the genre of the cello concerto in exploring the recorded repertoire and, for unrecorded works, in hearing those works for which non-commercial recordings exist on the internet.
2. Using information freely available on the internet, to identify as many cello concertos as possible and to establish whether or not each concerto has, to date, been commercially recorded.
3. To provide basic information about all the composers and the concertos identified in the form of a brief single entry for each composer with hyperlinks to sources of further information, giving preference to reviews of recordings on MusicWeb International.
4. To create timelines of all identified cello concertos, dividing them into those that have been recorded and those that are unrecorded to date.
Links to other pages in the project
Alphabetical entries for composers of cello concertos
Composers of cello concertos who were born before 1780
Cello concertos written in the 19th Century
Cello concertos written between 1901-1940
Cello concertos written between 1941-1960
Cello concertos written between 1961-1970
Cello concertos written between 1971-1980
Cello concertos written between 1981-1990
Cello concertos written between 1991-2000
Cello concertos written between 2001-2010
Cello concertos written since the beginning of 2011
Appendix to the timelines: Composers of undated concertos written after c.1850
Appendix 1: Works for multiple solo cellos and orchestra/ensemble
This contains 177 composers of works for multiple solo cellos and orchestra/ensemble (most of which are concertos) are listed here.
Appendix 2: Other works for cello and orchestra
A further 1136 composers who did not write a cello concerto (and are not included in Appendix 1) but wrote works for cello and orchestra are included here.
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Latest Update (February 2024): A further 104 composers of cello concertos and 13 works for multiple cellos and orchestra have been added. Appendix 2 (Other works for cello and orchestra) has also been updated with 199 additional composers. The 21st century timeline now contains 870 concertos and has therefore been split into two files in the list above. Another update is planned towards the end of 2024.
Authorship: The project was originally conceived and published by Patrick Waller in December 2020, at which point it contained 768 composers of cello concertos. He retains overall responsibility for editing the files and made the recommendations included in the timelines. Renate Dehmer from Germany agreed to join the project as a co-author in 2022. She has undertaken most of the searching that has more than tripled the number of composers included and she also compiled Appendix 1 (Works for multiple solo cellos and orchestra/ensemble), and sub-edited all the entries.