DJ Sessions: The Legacy Of The Cello09:54
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Yo-Yo Ma playing with Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer in the WBUR studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Yo-Yo Ma playing with Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer in the WBUR studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

When Johann Sebastian Bach was born, the cello had only been around for a few decades. In 1717, Bach composed his first cello suite, one of six that would go on to be remembered as one of the most well-known solo cello pieces of all time.

In this Here & Now DJ Session, host Jeremy Hobson explores the legacy of the cello with WQXR DJ Terrance McKnight (@mcknight3000), including modern works from Philip Glass and Bright Sheng.

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Music From The Segment

Johann Sebastian Bach, "Cello Suite No.1 in G Major," performed by Yo-Yo Ma

Bright Sheng, "Seven Tunes Heard in China: V. Diu Diu Dong," performed by Alisa Weilerstein

Glenn Kotche, "Something of Life," performed by Jeffrey Zeigler

Philip Glass, "The Secret Agent for Solo Cello," performed by Matt Haimovitz

Hildegard von Bingen, "O virtus sapientiae," arranged and performed by Maya Beiser

Johann Sebastian Bach, "Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor," performed by Pablo Casals

This segment aired on February 13, 2018.

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