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Cello Concerto, 1st Movement, Edward Elgar

Andalucia, Ernesto Lecuona

Andalucia (Suite Espanola) by Ernesto Lecuona was written in 1928 and its lilting melody was the basis for the famous and beloved song "The Breeze and I," the unusual technique of strumming the cello like a guitar is one of the many details that make this piece memorable

Spanish Serenade, David Popper

The Spanish Serenade by David Popper is one of six dances written for cello and piano in the Opus 54. David Popper (1843 to 1912) was a bohemian cellist who taught at the Budapest Conservatory, and was the teacher of Schiffer, who was the teacher of Starker who was the teacher of Harbaugh. Popper is well-known among cellists as the composer of 40 extraordinary etudes that all cellists must learn.

Jewish Prayer, Ernest Bloch

Prayer, From Jewish Life No. 1 by Ernest Bloch is a heartfelt expression of Jewish culture, sometimes murmured sometimes cried. Bloch was a violinist who studied with Eugene Ysaye. He became an American citizen and was director of CIM in 1920 and San Francisco Conservatory in 1930.

Polonaise Brillante, Frederick Chopin

Polonaise Brillante, Opus 3 by Frederick Chopin is a virtuose piece for both instruments. Chopin of course was a famous pianist, one of the greatest who ever lived, and the version played had some extra virtuosity added to the cello part to make it as interesting as the piano part.