The Cello Concerto: An Overview and Timeline
by Patrick C Waller
(Last updated: March 2021)
These pages include a total of 1122 composers of well over 1500 cello concertos, about half 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 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 (in preparation)
Cello concertos written between 1991-2000 (in preparation)
Cello concertos written in the 21st Century (in preparation)
Appendix to the timelines: Composers of undated concertos written after c.1850
Appendix: Other works for cello and orchestra
A further 85 composers who did not write a cello concerto but wrote significant other works for cello and orchestra, all of which can be heard, are included here.
Update of March 2021:
When originally published in December 2020, the project contained 768 composers of cello concertos. Since then over 350 have been added, largely thanks to help received from Renate Dehmer from Germany who searched publisher websites and directed me to other useful sources. Renate has also thoroughly reviewed all the composer entries and timelines enabling many small (and a few major) corrections to be made. We are aware that there are other composers of cello concertos, mainly from South America, still not covered. We are planning a further update in the summer of 2021 to include these composers and also to expand the Appendix. Meanwhile work on the outstanding timelines will continue.