Author: James Jacobs

1961 and 2021: What My 60th Birthday Means for the Cello!

I turn 60 in a little over two months, and it makes me reflect on what occurred in the cello world the year I was born. In 1961 the Haydn C major Cello Concerto was literally dusted off after nearly two centuries of neglect, and it quickly entered the cello repertoire; Benjamin Britten wrote his Cello Sonata, op. 65, the first of a series of works he wrote for Mstislav Rostropovich, a relationship that was not only musically fruitful but had geopolitical ramifications;...