The Greenhouse Cello Music Collection provides a glimpse into the life and legacy of cellist Bernard Greenhouse, a revered performer and pedagogue known for his role as a founding member of the internationally renowned Beaux Arts Trio. His varied career also brought him fame as a soloist, collaborator with living composers, and longtime member of New York’s Bach Aria Group. In the second half of his career, Greenhouse created a haven for cello study at his home on Cape Cod, known as Casa Verda, reinforcing his desire to develop future generations of cellist performers.
The digital collection was curated to reflect the contents of oral history interviews conducted with Greenhouse in July 2009. Items were selected for inclusion based upon copyright limitations and particular events, titles, composers, and recordings mentioned specifically by Greenhouse during the interviews. While the entire Greenhouse collection includes manuscript scores, articles, pictures, news clippings, and other ephemera, the digital collection focuses exclusively on concert programs, musical scores, and LP record covers in order to highlight the depth and breadth of Greenhouse’s performance and teaching career.
The Greenhouse digital collection does not include the entire contents of the Greenhouse collection. Rather, it is intended to serve as an online portal to select portions of the Cello Music Collection, stimulating further research and interaction with the original works that comprise the digital collection, as well as additional items in the collection at large. For example, the digitized portions of musical scores included in the collection consist of cello parts containing extensive annotations handwritten by Greenhouse. Because these performance notes are unique to Greenhouse materials, their pedagogical and research value cannot be found elsewhere.
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