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The Great Cellists Paperback – May 1, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

Campbell ( The Great Violinists ) summarizes the careers and accomplishments of more than 175 cellists who have excelled as performers and teachers from the days of the earliest virtuosos in the 17th century to modern times. After a cursory description of the development of the instrument itself, she discusses early cellists in chapters arranged according to country. Outstanding cellists of more recent years are discussed at greater length, with the longest passages given to a few of the best known, including Casals, Piatigorsky, Rostropovich and du Pre. The book reads for the most part as a dry catalogue of facts, enlivened by some amusing anecdotes but written in an uninspired style and badly in need of editing. Photographs.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This book goes to extremes: there are too many cellists and too little everything else. For the person wanting information about a particular cellist, what is here is merely brief, anecdotal reportage, often without enough dates--at least one of which is inaccurate. Yet the person wanting a good read about interesting people will find the book written in a flat style that does not flow; no one is brought to life. Nor is this an overview of cello playing as demonstrated by great cellists. It is a book of vignettes without insight or analysis. Not recommended.
- Phillipa Kiraly, Cleveland
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861056540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861056542
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,615,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loved this book. I bought it for some research I was doing for a couple of Wikipedia articles, and found some nuggets that truly surprised me. (As an amateur cellist, I fancied myself well-versed in the great 19th- and 20th-century players, but as with most subjects, I had a lot to learn.) There are some great anecdotes in here, and some information that I've not found anywhere else. Essential for anyone interested in this instrument and its history.
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