Publication Date




Embargo Period


Degree Type

Lecture Recital Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)


Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense


First Committee Member

Ross Harbaugh

Second Committee Member

Jodi Levitz

Third Committee Member

Brian Powell

Fourth Committee Member

Alan Johnson


The following paper appears in conjunction with a video of a lecture recital by Patrick Shea Kole. The subject of this doctoral thesis is a cello concerto by Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924). Written in 1879 and orchestrated in 1880, the concerto was not published in the composer's lifetime. The manuscripts resurfaced in 2002, leading to the publication of a critical edition in 2012. The recency of its publication means that cellists are just now becoming aware of this exceptional 19th century concerto. My lecture recital on February 12th 2019 at the Frost School of Music (included here) was the United States premiere of Charles Villiers Stanford's cello concerto. The project has two goals. First, to increase the visibility of Stanford's concerto through a university dissertation, and second, to provide cellists with an edited cello part. As a preface to the edited cello part, this thesis provides strategies and practice tips to aid in the preparation of the piece. This edition will be the first document to annotate fingerings and bowings in the solo cello part of Stanford's remarkable contribution to the repertoire of the 19th century.


Charles Villiers Stanford; Cello Concerto

Available for download on Thursday, December 10, 2020