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David Popper (June 16, 1843 – August 7, 1913)

David Popper was a Czech-born cellist and composer who was active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was known for his virtuosic technique and his contributions to the cello repertoire, including a number of popular etudes and concertos. Popper was also an influential teacher, having taught at the Prague Conservatory and the Berlin Academy of Music.

One of Popper's most famous works is his "Requiem for Three Cellos and Orchestra," which was written in memory of his mother. This piece showcases Popper's technical ability and emotive style, and it has become a staple of the cello repertoire. Popper's other notable works include the "Spanish Rhapsody" and the "Hungarian Rhapsody," both of which are characterized by their fiery, virtuosic style.

Despite his contributions to the cello repertoire, Popper is not as well-known as some of his contemporaries, such as Pablo Casals or Jacqueline du Pré. However, his works are still highly respected and enjoyed by cellists and classical music enthusiasts today. Popper's legacy as a composer and performer lives on through his enduring compositions and the many cellists who continue to study and perform his works.