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Jacqueline du Pré


Her story is among the most legendary of most twentieth century music artists’ stories, and in addition, perhaps one of the most tragic. Cellist Jacqueline Du Pré, blessed on January 26, 1945, in Oxford, Britain, to Derek and Iris Du Pré. (Regardless of the family members name, Derek Du Pré had not been French, but instead of British Route Isle ancestry; he could track his lineage back again to the Norman Conquest). She blossomed youthful and achieved worldwide fame in several short years through the mid-1960s, where same period she became a member of Daniel Barenboim in another of history’s most celebrated musical relationships. But her profession was shattered in the first 1970s — not ten years into its maturity — by multiple sclerosis. It had been through her mom Iris, a pianist and instructor, that youthful Jacqueline was initially presented to music. She was presented with a cello at age group four, started lessons with Alison Dalrymple on the London Violoncello College some months afterwards, and by age group ten was learning with William Pleeth, ultimately enrolling as his college student at London’s Guildhall College of Music. While at Guildhall she was the receiver of practically all the school’s inner honours and recognitions, in the meantime acquiring lessons with Pablo Casals in Switzerland and Paul Tortelier in Paris. Graduating from Guildhall in 1960, she started to make her 1st true professional looks, appearing using the BBC Orchestra in 1961 and carrying out the Elgar concerto at Wigmore Hall in London that same yr, playing on the 1672 Antonio Stradivarius cello shown to her by an private patron. Further concert looks and, specifically, some recordings quickly founded her because the premiere youthful cellist of her era, and, in lots of thoughts, the premiere British-born performer to get appeared in lots of decades. In 1964, she was presented with the Davidoff Stradivarius (right now in the ownership of Yo-Yo Ma), and it had been with this device that she produced her Carnegie Hall debut on, may 14, 1965. She involved in further research with Mstislav Rostropovich around that same period, even taking the ultimate examination on the Moscow Conservatory in 1966 — exactly the same calendar year she fulfilled Daniel Barenboim, whom she wedded the next June. Du Pré’s personal and professional romantic relationship with Barenboim exposed whole new possibilities for chamber music knowledge, and her collaborations with such up-and-coming luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman marketed a large number of both recordings and seat tickets (and, eventually, movies). In 1971, Du Pré begun to believe that all had not been well with her body and, hence, her playing, and she had taken the entirety of the next calendar year off. In 1973 she was identified as having multiple sclerosis, and, aside from a set of shows that calendar year plus some sonata recordings (Chopin and Franck), her profession being a performer was over. She continued to be active being a instructor, however, for quite some time soon after. In 1976, she was honored the O.B.E., and in 1982 she was called Musician of the entire year by the Included Society of Music artists. She passed on on Oct 19, 1987, at age 42. Jacqueline Du Pré’s physical present for her device was prodigious; nonetheless it was her sheer pleasure in music producing that endeared her towards the world’s viewers. Although some discovered her physical participation during functionality distasteful, few may find cause to complain regarding the sonic result. The scintillating, rapturous shade she created was favorably intoxicating, and continues to be therefore today through recordings. Her renditions from the Elgar and Dvorák concertos, and of the Schumann concerto, are specially beloved.

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Full Name Jacqueline du Pré
Died October 19, 1987, London, United Kingdom
Profession Cellist
Education Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Nationality British
Spouse Daniel Barenboim
Parents Iris du Pré, Derek du Pré
Siblings Hilary du Pré, Piers du Pré
Awards Brit Award for Best Classical Soloist Album
Music Songs Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104, Kol Nidrei, Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33, Sicilienne, Elégie in C minor Op. 24, Song Without Words in D, op. 109, Cello Sonata in A : IV. Allegretto poco mosso, Song without Words, Op.109, Adagio from Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564, Cello Concerto No. 1 in C, Hob. VIIb:1 : I. Moderato - Cadenza, Three Fantasy Pieces, op. 73: I. Zart Mit Ausdruck, Cello Concerto No. 1 in C, Hob. VIIb:1 : II. Adagio - Cadenza, Le Cygne: Le Carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals', Suite pour violoncelle seul No. 1 en sol majeur, BWV 1007: I. Prélude, Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: Allegro, ma non troppo, Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65: IV. Finale, Cello Concerto No. 1 in C, Hob. VIIb:1 : III. Allegro molto, Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007 : II. Courante, Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007 : V. Menuets I & II, Sonata in G Minor : I. Grave, Sonata in G Minor : III. Sarabande, Cello Concerto in G Minor: III. Allegro Non Tanto, Cello Concerto in G Minor: I. Allegro, Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38: I. Allegro non troppo, Fantasiestücke, Op.73 : II. Lebhaft, leicht - Coda, Sonata in G Minor : II. Allegro, Sonata in G Minor : IV. Allegro, 12 Variations on Mozart's 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen' from Die Zauberflöte, Op.66, Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38: III. Allegro, Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129: II Langsam - Etwas lebhafter - Schneller, Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38: II. Allegretto quasi menuetto, 14 Variations in E-flat major, Op. 44
Albums Cello Concerto, Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Brahms: Cello Sonatas, Piano Trios, Delius: Cello Concerto, Schumann: Cello Concerto in A Minor (Live, 1963), Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor / Franck: Sonata in A, Haydn: Cello Concertos - Boccherini: Cello Concerto, The Two Cello Sonatas, Brahms: Cello Sonatas nos. 1 & 2 / Bruch: Kol Nidrei, Cello Sonatas 3 & 5, Music for Viola and Cello, The Five Cello Sonatas, Haydn: Cello Concerto in D, Boccherini: Cello Concerto in B Flat, Cello Concertos, Dvorák: Cello Concerto - Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1, Elgar: Cello Concerto; Sea Pictures (2004 Remaster), Cello Concerto, Op. 104 / Waldesruhe, Op. 68 No. 5, The Complete EMI Recordings, The Sound Of Jacqueline Du Pré, A Lasting Inspiration, Cello Sonatas, Cello Sonatas & Variations, Cello Concerto / "Enigma" Variations, Favourite Cello Concertos, Dvorák, Elgar: Cello Concertos, Brahms, Chopin & Franck: Cello Sonatas, Great Recordings of the Century: Haydn, Boccherini - Cello Concertos, Les Introuvables de Jacqueline du Pré, Favourite Cello Concertos (disc 2), Beethoven: Piano Trios, Violin & Cello Sonatas, Her Early BBC Recordings, Volume 1, The Early BBC Recordings 1961-1965, Elgar: Cello Concerto; Enigma Variations; Pomp and Circumstance Marches No. 1 & 4 [Great Performances], Cello Concerto / Piano Concerto, The Celibidache Edition: The Swedish Radio Recordings, Jacqueline du Pré: A Portrait, A Lasting Inspiration Volume 2, Elgar: Cello Concerto / Priaulx Rainier: Cello Concerto / Rubbra: Cello Sonata, Elgar: Cello Concerto / Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Lalo: Cello Concerto - Strauss: Don Quixote, Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures / Overture: “Cockaigne”, Giants of the Cello, Vol. 1, Impressions, Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas 1 & 2 / Beethoven: Clarinet Trio, A Cello Recital, The Genius of Jacqueline du Pré, Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85, Brahms: The Two Cello Sonatas, Jacqueline du Pré: The Early BBC Recordings, 1961-1965 [Vol. 1], Cello Concerto in B minor / Adagio for Cello & Orchestra “Silent Woods”

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1 One day when she was six years old, she was sitting on an adult friend's lap, heard his grandfather clock chime, and informed him that the clock was out of tune.
2 She was awarded the O.B.E.(Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1976 Queen's New Year's Honours List for her services to music.
3 Younger sister of Hilary du Pré
4 She gave her first major recital in London at the age of 17 playing the Elgar Cello Concerto, a piece she made her own.



Sous un autre jour 2009 TV Movie performer: "Cello Concerto Nº 9 in B Flat G482 Il Adaggio nontroppo", "Cello Concerto Nº 1 in A minor, Op. 33"
L'amico di famiglia 2006 performer: "Cello concerto in E minor, op. 85" / writer: "Cello concerto in E minor, op. 85"
Hilary and Jackie 1998 performer: "Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in E Minor, Opus 85"
First and Last 1989 TV Movie performer: "Cello Concerto: Adagio" - uncredited
Masterworks 1967 TV Series performer - 3 episodes

Music Department

Music Department

Hilary and Jackie 1998 musician: cello, recordings



A Swan Song of Rare and Vanishing Beauty 1982 TV Movie documentary Herself
Jacqueline Du Pré Masterclass 1979 TV Series Herself - Performer
The Switched-On Symphony 1970 TV Special Herself
Late Night Line-Up 1968 TV Series Herself
Omnibus 1967 TV Series documentary Herself
Masterworks 1967 TV Series Herself - Cellist
The Impresarios 1967 TV Series Herself
An Evening with the Menuhins 1967 TV Movie Herself - Cellist
Music for You 1961 TV Series Herself

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Archive Footage

Remembering Jacqueline du Pré 1994 Video documentary Herself

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1 I've never been a career demon. I love playing the cello and playing to people, but I've never wanted to do it every day and every hour of my life.

1 Frequently used portamenti (slides between notes) in her playing
2 Used over-exaggerated movements when playing her cello

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