Top (left to right): Tania León, George Walker, Dorothy Rudd Moore

Middle: Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Florence Price, George Lewis

Bottom: Dolores White, David Baker

Welcome to CelloBello’s database of Cello Works by Black Composers.

CelloBello’s mission has always been to foster a global cello community, and to that end we hope this new database may help encourage new curiosities and explorations into this repertoire that, historically, has not been equally represented on our concert stages or in our music schools. We envision a future in classical music where racial equity and representation are the norm, not the exception, and hope this database might take us a step towards this vision by easing access to information about repertoire that is more inclusive of our diverse communities.

Over time we hope to expand our offerings to include a larger BIPOC database (highlighting all composers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color). However, given the urgency of the struggle for racial equity and justice in the United States we felt it paramount to begin by focusing first on the plethora of contributions made by Black composers.

The information contained in the catalog is displayed using the criteria of composers’ name and personal website link (where available), as well as the works’ title, date of composition, duration, and instrumentation. Although this catalog does not grant specific information about purchasing scores for all of the pieces listed, it facilitates the search of scores and provides links of contact to the composers, where applicable.

We welcome any feedback on this page, particularly information on missing works or compositional information. As it is an ever-expanding resource, please check back for updates. Contact us via francesca@cellobello.org.

We would like to thank Gabriela Diaz, Lina Bahn and their other collaborators for sharing their initial research with us—explore all their findings here, which include non-cello instrumental and chamber music repertoire. Also,  thank you to Francesca McNeeley of the CelloBello staff, for her dedicated efforts in formalizing this new resource for CelloBello.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

First NameLast NameCompositionDate of CompositionDurationGenreMore About the Composer
TJAndersonSpirit Songs1993Piano/Cello
David N.BakerImpressions for 2 Celli198817'Cello Ensemble
David N.BakerSonata for Solo Cello199027'Solo
SamuelColeridge-TaylorVariations for cello and piano1918Piano/Cello
TysonDavisTableau No. VIII20204'Solo
JuliusEastmanThe Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc198121'Cello Ensemble
Primous FountainCello ConcertoConcerto
Primous FountainCello SuiteSolo
Primous FountainTango Para CelloSolo
Anthony R.Green…on top of a frosted hill…201113'Piano/Cello
AdolphusHailstorkTheme and Variations on "Draw the Sacred Circle Closer"Solo
Jeraldine HerbisonCello Concerto No. 1Concerto
Jeraldine HerbisonFive Short Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op 30Piano/Cello
Jeraldine HerbisonAn Invention Upon an Airy LandPiano/Cello
Jeraldine HerbisonSonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, Op 19 No. 1Piano/Cello
Jeraldine HerbisonSonata for Unaccompanied Cello Op 15 No. 21978Solo
Geoffrey DanaHicksPiece for Cello1973Solo
Chad “Sir Wick” HughesHughesFirst Suite for Violoncello6'Solo
NathalieJoachimDam Mwen Yo for cello & tape20176'Solo
Eric BrianLacyThree Question Marks for cello4'Solo
JamesLee IIIAbraham's Sons (In Memoriam: Trayvon Martin) for cello solo201410'Solo
TaniaLéonFour Pieces for Cello Solo198312'Solo
GeorgeLewisNot Alone for cello and interactive electronics 2014-523'40"Solo
AllisonLoggins-HullStolen for Solo ‘Cello20166'Solo
QuinnMasonSuite for Solo Cello20165'Solo
QuinnMasonEvening Prayer for 4 celli20204'Cello Ensemble
JessieMontgomeryCadenzas for Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major20142'Concerto
CarmanMooreMADIBA2015Concerto
Dorothy RuddMooreDirge and Deliverance197116'Piano/Cello
Dorothy RuddMooreBaroque Suite (unaccompanied)196515'Solo
JeffreyMumfordbillowing pockets brightly layered2000 rev. 200711'Concerto
JeffreyMumfordthree rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings2009 – 10, rev. 201313'Concerto
JeffreyMumfordringing fields of enveloping blue199714'Piano/Cello
JeffreyMumfordvariazioni elegiaci1979-80, rev. 19979'Solo
JeffreyMumfordamid fleeting pockets of billowing radiance199011'Solo
JeffreyMumforda focus further within20103'30''Solo
JeffreyMumfordto find in the glimmering air . . . a buoyant continuity of layering blue20119'Solo
AyoOlurantiFantasia2006Solo
FredOnovwerosuokeFantasia for Cello and Piano5'Piano/Cello
Coleridge-TaylorPerkinsonLamentations Black/Folk Song Suite for solo cello197316'Solo
CarlosSimonLickety Split20155'Piano/Cello
CarlosSimonBetween Worlds20193'30"Solo
AlvinSingletonArgoru II197013'Solo
JoyceSolomonElegy1970Solo
Shirley JThompsonBlue Iris198914'Solo
Shirley JThompsonBeyond These Times1990
Gifrants (Marcien Guy-Frantz) Toussaint7 solo pieces written for the celloSolo
GeorgeWalkerCello Concerto 198120'Concerto
GeorgeWalkerSonata for Cello & Piano195717'Piano/Cello
DaijanaWallaceShades20196'30"Solo
ErrollynWallenDervish20016'Piano/Cello
MaryWatkinsBus Stop Piano/Cello
MaryWatkinsPiece for Cello1983Solo
DoloresWhiteTwo Spirituals for Cello and Piano1987Piano/Cello
DoloresWhiteEverytime I Feel the Spirit1974
DoloresWhiteSometimes I feel like a motherless child1974
EvanWilliamsCantigas201510'Piano/Cello
PamelaZFour Movements for Violoncello and DelaysSolo