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Louise Dubin and guest artists seek support to release never-recorded cello music by Auguste Franchomme on the Delos Label
Louise Dubin and guest artists seek support to release never-recorded cello music by Auguste Franchomme on the Delos Label
Louise Dubin and guest artists seek support to release never-recorded cello music by Auguste Franchomme on the Delos Label
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I'm thrilled to tell you about the album I've recently begun recording with terrific artists for the Delos Label.  I've been performing Franchomme's  compositions all over the US since autumn 2011 (check out Update #10 for a recent performance), and now my mission is to get some of the best of Franchomme's compositions recorded, in many cases for the first time ever.  We're asking for your support to complete our recording sessions and get the master prepared for Delos.

Auguste Franchomme (1808-1884) was the most renowned Parisian cellist of his day.  Many people know that he was a best friend to Chopin and the dedicatee of Chopin’s final work, his cello sonata Op. 65.  Fewer people realize that he himself was a composer who wrote over 50 works for his instrument, most of which have been out of print since his death.  He was also a masterful arranger of works by Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Bellini, and others.  Our recording will interest lovers of the cello, Chopin aficionados, and fans of French romantic music. 

It's rare a cellist can say that she's making a world premiere recording of a great 19th century work--rare, and also really fun.  Even rarer: making the world premiere recordings of TEN such pieces with other fantastic musicians, including cellists Katherine Cherbas (www.katherinecherbas.com), Julia Bruskin (www.claremonttrio.com), and Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir (www.saeunn.com) and pianist Hiroko Sasaki. Read more about all of us by clicking on BIO in the blue box above on your screen.

Louise, Kathy and Julia
Louise, Kathy and Julia

What remains to be done?  And to be funded?  I'm asking for your help to pay for the remaining recording expenses. These expenses will significantly exceed our goal, so you can be assured that any donated money will go directly to the project.  I personally am not taking any payment for this project, but my expenses include additional recording sessions of cello-piano works and cello duets, and prepping the master to send to Delos (editing, mixing, mastering-- making it sound completely polished).  Delos pays for all remaining production expense, like booklet design, printing, marketing and world-wide distribution. The world-class artists listed above and I will be recording in a terrific concert hall, with sound engineer Andrew Bove (you'll see him in video above) and Grammy-winning producer Steven Epstein.  They all believe in the project, and they're a dream team!  But I can't ask them to do it for free.  So, I'm asking for your support.   

I recently visited France twice on research grants from Indiana University. There, I met Chopin scholar Sophie Ruhlmann (who also did some important research on Auguste Franchomme and helped advise mine) and Franchomme's direct descendants, who showed me music, letters, paintings and other things they had inherited from Franchomme, showed me his gravestone and other important sites in Paris, and told me some great stories. I was privileged to play Franchomme's own cello in Paris for seven direct descendants of Franchomme:

2011 Paris
2011 Paris

Some of the Franchomme compositions I found in France were never even published in the first place.  This recording includes some of my transcriptions of Franchomme's unpublished cello quartet manuscripts, which we recorded in September 2012.

Our album will expand the reach of the Franchomme Project to many more people.  Concurrent with its release will be a republication of Franchomme's out-of-print first editions from Dover Publications, with compositions selected and introduced by me.  Cellists will get an idea of Franchomme's adroit left hand, virtuosic bow technique, and Romantic playing style through his markings on these French editions, and also by studying their compositional challenges.  (updates to follow--but this fundraiser is for the CD).  All of this will expand cello repertoire and offer fresh insights into 19th Century music.  PLUS, the Franchomme Project brings this terrific music directly to you, in forms of the enticing rewards listed on the right side of this screen!

Please donate what you can, and help spread the word, via email, Facebook, or Twitter (@weezeedee).  Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

We plan to complete the recording sessions and prepare the master in the summer of 2013, for an estimated release date of late 2013 or 2014. There is a chance that schedule will be delayed if any participating artist has to reschedule a session due to illness.

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    Thanks for your support, and for helping the world hear the music of Franchomme! You will see exclusive videos and photos only available to backers.

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    Free admission and priority seating to our February 7th, 2013, 7:30 pm concert at Greenwich House Weiler Concert Hall, 46 Barrow Street, New York City. http://www.greenwichhouse.org/announcements/concert-louise-dubin-cello. Features cellists Louise Dubin and Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir and pianist Hiroko Sasaki in US premiere performances of our favorite out-of-print compositions by Franchomme. Plus, exclusive videos only available to backers. Please note that this award is only available through February 6th, 2013. Please enter your complete name on the Backer page for your comp ticket to be waiting for you at the door.

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    The completed Franchomme Project Album! Plus exclusive videos only available to backers. This reward is a hard copy of the album with detailed liner notes about Franchomme and the pieces. Naxos will also have digital downloads available, so please let me know if that is your preference and I will try to arrange it through them. No international shipping charge for digital of course.

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    An invitation for two to a private Soirée Musicale (with reception!) with the artists in New York City, date TBA. Plus the Franchomme Project CD (est. delivery late 2013 or 2014) and exclusive videos available only to backers.

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    Limited Edition Franchomme Project 100-percent cotton US made T-shirt in Adult Sizes (S to XL). And the Franchomme Project album (est. delivery late 2013 or 2014), and exclusive videos available only to backers.

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    Franchomme Project Album and education package. Two one-hour private cello lessons: in person Chez Dubin in NYC, in Greenwich Village, in Scarsdale, or via Skype. Plus the album (est delivery late 2013 or 2014) and exclusive videos available only to backers.

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    A signed bound copy of Louise Dubin's dissertation: Auguste Franchomme: A study of the virtuoso, pedagogue, and composer, with a focus on his contributions to violoncello repertoire and technique, D. M. dissertation, Indiana University Bloomington. It's the first major English publication about Franchomme, and first in any language to discuss his compositions and cello technique. These riveting (seriously! remember, he was best
    friends with Chopin!) 134 pages also include details about Franchomme's professional and private life, never-before published photos from the collections of his descendants, and one of Louise's cello quartet manuscript transcriptions featured on the CD (never before published, by Louise or Franchomme). Dissertation will soon also be available in French translation (translated by a Franchomme descendant!); you will have an option to select this option when the fundraiser has closed. This award level also includes the $100 awards (Franchomme Project Album, two tickets to private Soirée Musicale).

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    Your name printed as an Angel Sponsor in the liner notes of the album. Plus an exclusive Franchomme Project T shirt, a copy of the Franchomme Project Album, and invitations for two to a private Soirée Musicale with reception (see $100 reward above).

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    You are listed as an Angel Sponsor in the liner notes of the album. PLUS: A private concert of cello and piano pieces (or solo cello pieces if you do not own a piano) in your own home, at a mutually convenient date. Flexible programming to suit your tastes, including some Franchomme compositions of course. Within 1 hour driving distance of New York. For other locations, please email Louise Dubin using the Contact Me button above the first Reward, on right side of screen, to inquire. We are planning concert appearances all over the US and in France, so we will try to arrange!

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