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An admired contemporary of Liszt and Brahms, the widely-travelled Bohemian-born virtuoso cellist and influential pedagogue David Popper composed prolifically for his instrument.
His High School of Cello Playing comprises forty etudes which have remained essential for both aspiring and advanced players for more than a century.
His intimate knowledge of the cello’s capabilities raises these studies above the level of mere exercises in technique, no lesser light than Pablo Casals declaring that “no other composer wrote better for the instrument”.
“David Popper (1843-1913) was to the cello what Liszt was to the piano, expanding the instrument's technique but at the same time delving deep into its expressive potential.” The Daily Telegraph
David Popper: Hohe Schule des Violoncello-Spiels (High School of Cello Playing), Op. 73