José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita (1746-1805), Antiphon Regina caeli laetare, 1779.
Cello part, manuscript copy.

The Sphinx Catalog of Latin American Cello Works is a brand-new comprehensive database, the most extensive source of its kind with more than 2000 entries to date. The featured repertoire focuses on music of Latin America that prominently features the cello: this includes solo repertoire, works with cello soloist and orchestra, duo repertoire with another instrument or electronic media, as well as cello ensemble.

The information contained in the catalog is displayed using the criteria of composers’ name, gender, country of origin, and date of birth, as well as the works’ title, date of composition, duration, instrumentation, and editions. Further information about composers and their works can be found by clicking on the composer’s name (in progress). Although the catalog does not grant specific information about purchasing scores, it facilitates the search of scores, recordings, and other sources by compiling all of this information into one comprehensive resource. When using the database, please be sure to include any non-English symbols in your search (such as í, á, ã, ñ, etc). Also note that the information does not reflect any strict order as it is being continuously updated. We therefore encourage users to carefully review search results until the very end of the list.

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The authors, Dr. Horacio Contreras and Dr. Germán Marcano

The catalog is based on original research by Dr. Germán Marcano, prepared as part of his Doctoral dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was first published in 2004 in Venezuela by the Foundation Vicente Emilio Sojo FUNVES. The project was later revived in 2018 in partnership with the Sphinx Organization. Dr. Marcano and Dr. Horacio Contreras, two internationally active cellists and recognized experts in Latin-American cello repertoire, have added upon the original work, and will continue to revise it to reflect the ever-expanding nature of this body of music.