Dorothy Amarandos Memorial Musicale

Cellospeak Founder and first Artistic Director, Dorothy Purdy Amarandos, passed away in 2019. A Memorial Musicale was held on September 29, 2019 with special cello arrangements performed by Cellospeak Faculty. A 2-CD set of the music was later produced, which included one CD of the memorial music and a separate CD of various recordings of Dorothy’s own recitals and performances on both cello and viola da gamba. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the full CD , please contact Aileen Pisciotta at Below are links to several of the Memorial performance videos posted on YouTube as well as links to audio files of Dorothy’s performances.

Selected Memorial Musicale Videos (YouTube)

Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber (arr. Tanner)
Requiem – David Popper
Ave Maria – Max Bruch (arr. Fitzgerald)
“When Falling Asleep” from Four Last Songs – Richard Strauss (arr. Fitzgerald)
Vocalise – Sergei Rachmaninoff

Dorothy Amarandos Performance Recordings

These recordings of live performances by Dorothy, spanning decades of her professional career, display an incredible range of styles of music from the 16th to the 20th century and played on both the cello and viola da gamba. The recordings include her performances of Boccherini sonatas in student recitals at Eastman School of Music, early music presentations on original instruments staged by her own touring performing group, Ars Antiqua, in the early to mid 1960s, and recitals performed while she was a professor of cello at Ohio State University.

Boccherini (arr. Silva) – Sonata No. I in A major, G. 4 (cello, piano)  1st Movement
Boccherini (arr. Silva) – Sonata No. IV in E-Flat major, G. 10 (cello, piano) 2nd Movement
Couperin – Pompe Funebre (viola da gamba, harpsichord)
Marais – La Folia (viola da gamba, harpsichord)
Ars Antiqua, “Entertainment for Louis XIV”
Anonymous – Woodycock (viola da gamba, harpsichord)
Ars Antiqua, “Assorted Madrigals and Instrumental Works”
J.S. Bach – Sonata No. 2 for Viola da Gamba in D major, BVW 1028 (viola da gamba, harpsichord) 1st and 3rd Movements
Ars Antiqua, “Il Soco”
Marais – Three Old French Dances (viola da gamba, harpsichord)
“L’Agreeable,” “La Provencale,” “Le Basque”
Ars Antiqua, “Theatre de la Foire”
Schubert – Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821 (cello, piano) Ist Movement
Paganini (trans. Silva) – Variations on a Theme from Rossini’s ‘Moses in Egypt’ (“Moses Fantasy”)(cello, piano)
Britten – Sonata in C major, Op 65 (cello, piano) 5th Movement
Dvorak – Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (cello, piano) 1st Movement
Dvorak – Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (cello, piano) 2nd Movement
Vitali (trans. Silva) – Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (cello, piano)