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Sheet Music for cello(s), guitar
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  Classical Guitar Method

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            &        
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  The Six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach
  Analysis & interpretation
  A new insight into their history

  Harmonic Analysis of
  Preludes 1 & 3
  of the Bach Cello Suites

  BOW TECHNIQUE &
  Sound Production

  The SONG 
      of the
  AUSTRALIAN
  MAGPIE

  Jenolan Caves Concerts
        1996 - 2013
     History & Acoustics



CELLO & CLASSICAL GUITAR TUITION for beginners and advanced
Katoomba and Mudgee
email: georgcello @ hotmail.com

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*  "Cello & Chocolate" - CONCERT & DESSERT at the Gingerbread House - Katoomba
Concerts in historic Churches of NSW - Ilford Church

*    House Concerts (click here)

* Brief Bio of Georg Mertens (click here)

Poems by
Georg Mertens
Poems by Han Shan
(Cold Mountain)
edited by Georg Mertens

Sam Mertens
Metalsmith / Jewellery

Sian Thomas Ceramics  
  Teapots / Jugs / Lights / Kitchenware


 
 


"Cello & Chocolate" 2018
- CONCERT & DESSERT -


with Georg Mertens & Friends
@
The Gingerbread House Cafe - Katoomba
(Cnr Waratah & Lurline St)



Enjoy the extraordinary sound of the 270 years old cello
in the 100 years old former Presbyterian Church of Katoomba,
now The Gingerbread House Cafe.

The event includes:
Josophan's hot chocolate shot & fine chocolate on arrival -
A - formal Concert (first half)
B - Dessert at Intermission
C - formal Concert (second half)
- Take home chocolate -
(Concert only option available)


Tickets $60 / children $50 (concert only $30 / ch. $20)

Bookings essential tel. 02 4782 6958
or
Booking online 24 hours

CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2018

Concerts with Georg Mertens & Friends

For "CELLO & CHOCOLATE" please book early -
Several concerts have been sold out before the event.

Desserts need to be booked at least the day before the event

For "Cello & Chocolate" we usually don't send tickets out, but confirm via phone or email,
but tickets can be send on request (e.g. as a gift).


KATOOMBA
Saturday 24 March 7.30 pm

"Cello & Chocolate" - CONCERT & DESSERT

2 CELLOS !
Old & New Favourites including Bach & Beatles

Cellos: Georg Mertens & Ella Jamieson

For booking ph 02 4782 6958 or
Booking online 24 hours

Cello & Chocolate 24 March 7.30 pm - 2 cellos



2 CELLOS !

   

Program :

F.A. KUMMER - Duett No 1 C major
Allegro see on Youtube
- Andantino - Allegro scherzioso

J.S. BACH - Lute Suite No 1 arr. for 2 cellos (arr. Georg)
Prelude - Allemande see on Youtube
- Courante see on Youtube
- Sarabande - Bourree - Gigue

I N T E R V A L  -  D E S S E R T

G. SANZ - Pavanas & Canarios (arr. Georg) see on Youtube

E. GRANADOS - Intermezzo from Goyescas (arr. Georg)

D. SCARLATTI - Sonata K32 - Aria (arr. Georg)

C. NEGRI - Bianco Fiore (arr. Georg)

J.S. BACH - Menuet from Cello Suite I (arr as Duo)

J. KOSMA - Autumn Leaves (arr. Georg)
see on Youtube

The BEATLES - Yesterday see on Youtube


Cellos:

GEORG MERTENS
 /  ELLA JAMIESON

Georg plays a cello made c 1740, Italy.
Ella plays a cello made in Engand c 1890


GEORG MERTENS is an internationally renowned cellist living in Katoomba. He is known by his work on the Bach Cello Suites and his analysis on bow technique. He has performed in Berlin, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Manila and toured also Sweden, France and Ireland. In Australia he best known by his 300+ legendary concerts at Jenolan Caves. He teaches cello and Classical guitar in Katoomba and Mudgee.

ELLA JAMIESONis a sought after Sydney based cellist performing with the Sydney Camerata, the String Sirens having also performed on Australian Idol and with Aston. She travels frequently interstate and internationally for solo and ensemble performances. She teaches in several schools in Sydney.
Ella studied with Georg from her first lesson at the age of 7 to her AmusA diploma.
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ILFORD CHURCH - Former Presbyterian / Uniting
Admission by Donation at exit



   Sunday 25 March 3 pm
Ilford - (Former Uniting) Church



 Georg Mertens & Ella Jamieson - cellos  

2 CELLOS !

   

Program :

G. SANZ - Pavanas & Canarios (arr. Georg) see on Youtube

J.S. BACH - Lute Suite No 1 arr. for 2 cellos (arr. Georg)
Prelude - Allemande see on Youtube
- Courante see on Youtube
- Sarabande - Bourree - Gigue

E. GRANADOS - Intermezzo from Goyescas (arr. Georg)

D. SCARLATTI - Sonata K32 - Aria (arr. Georg)

C. NEGRI - Bianco Fiore (arr. Georg)

J.S. BACH - Menuet from Cello Suite I (arr as Duo)

The BEATLES - Yesterday
see on Youtube

J. KOSMA - Autumn Leaves (arr. Georg) see on Youtube

J. BRAHMS - Sonata E minor op 38 in E minor - 1st movement


Cellos:

GEORG MERTENS
 /  ELLA JAMIESON

Piano: ELLA JAMIESON

Georg plays a cello made c 1740, Italy.
Ella plays a cello made in Engand c 1890


GEORG MERTENS is an internationally renowned cellist living in Katoomba. He is known by his work on the Bach Cello Suites and his analysis on bow technique. He has performed in Berlin, Munich, Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Manila and toured also Sweden, France and Ireland. In Australia he best known by his 300+ legendary concerts at Jenolan Caves. He teaches cello and Classical guitar in Katoomba and Mudgee.

ELLA JAMIESONis a sought after Sydney based cellist performing with the Sydney Camerata, the String Sirens having also performed on Australian Idol and with Aston. She travels frequently interstate and internationally for solo and ensemble performances. She teaches in several schools in Sydney.
Ella studied with Georg from her first lesson at the age of 7 to her AmusA diploma.





Katoomba
Saturday 28 July 7.30 pm

"Cello & Chocolate" - CONCERT & DESSERT

Cello & Guitar
with Georg Mertens (cello) & Giuseppe Zangari (guitar)

From BEETHOVEN to BRAZIL

For booking ph 02 4782 6958 or
Booking online 24 hours

Cello & Chocolate 28 July 7.30 pm


Josophan's Gingerbread House Katoomba
Georg Mertens - cello  &  Giuseppi Zangari - guitar

  

The Program will include:

F. BURGMULLER - 3 Nocturnes (arr. Georg)  see on Youtube

L.v. BEETHOVEN - Sonatina (arr. Georg)  see on Youtube

N. PAGANINI - Cantabile (arr. Georg)

A. PART - Spiegel im Spiegel

F. TARREGA - Recuerdos del Alhambra (cello part by Georg) 


-  I N T E R V A L   -   D E S S E R T -


G. CACCINI - Ave Maria -
see on Youtube

TRAD. HUNGARIAN GYPSY - The Old Gypsy

G.F. HANDEL - Recitativo & Aria "Lascia ch'io Pianga" (arr. Georg)

H. VILLA-LOBOS - Bachianas Brasilieras


Georg Mertens - cello
Giuseppe Zangari - guitar

Georg Mertens toured Germany, France, Scandinavia, Switzerland, but is best known for his series of hundreds of cello solo concerts at Jenolan Caves.

Giuseppe Zangari is lecturer for Classical guitar at the University Newcastle and also performs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra when a guitarist is required.




 


Katoomba
Saturday 29 September: 7.30 pm

"Cello & Chocolate" - CONCERT & DESSERT

J.S. Bach - The Suites for cello solo
cello - Georg Mertens

For booking ph 02 4782 6958 or
Booking online 24 hours

Cello & Chocolate 29 September 7.30 pm - Cello Bach


Georg Mertens - Cello Solo

The PRrogram will include:

J.S. BACH

Cello Suite No 1 in G major

Cello Suite No 3 in C major

-  I N T E R V A L   -   T I M E  for  D E S S E R T -

Cello Suite No 5 in C minor


Georg Mertens - cello
Georg plays a cello made c 1740, Italy.



Georg Mertens
toured Germany, France, Scandinavia, Switzerland.
He is best known for his analysis and interpretation of the Bach cello solo Suites
and his series of 300 plus concerts at Jenolan Caves.



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ILFORD CHURCH - Former Presbyterian / Uniting Church
Admission by
Donation at exit



Sunday 4 November 3 pm 2018
Ilford - (Former Uniting) Church



 Georg Mertens - cello  
&  Heathcliffe Auchinachie - guitar


             

PROGRAM (to be confirmed later this tear)

 Georg & Heathcliffe:

F. BURGMULLER - 3 Nocturnes
Andante - Adagio cantabile - Allegro moderato

L.v. BEETHOVEN - Sonatina

N. PAGANINI - Cantabile

G. CACCINI - Ave Maria

G.F. HANDEL - Lascia chio Pianga

E. GRANADOS - Spanish Dance No 5

F. TARREGA - Recuerdos del Alhambra
with cello part written for Ilford Church!  see on Youtube

H. VILLA-LOBOS - Bachianas Brasilieras

A. VIVALDI - Largo from Concerto for 2 mandolins

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Georg Mertens - cello / guitar
Heathcliffe Auchinachie - guitar

Georg Mertens toured Germany, France, Scandinavia, Switzerland, but is best known for his series of 300+ cello solo concerts at Jenolan Caves.
He also teaches cello & guitar in Katoomba, Mudgee and Rylstone.

Heathcliffe Auchinachie, a former resident of Ilford has learned guitar with Georg in Mudgee for 7 and 1/2 years and has received a scholarship to study Classical guitar with Vladimir Gorbach at the Sydney Conservatorium (University of Sydney).




Katoomba
Saturday 10 & 17 November: 7.30 pm

"Cello & Chocolate" - CONCERT & DESSERT

Vivaldi, Vivaldi, Vivaldi for 2 cellos
Josophan's Gingerbread House Katoomba

For booking ph 02 4782 6958 or
Booking online 24 hours

10 Nov Vivaldi:

Cello & Chocolate 10 November 7.30 pm - 2 cellos

17 Nov. Vivaldi:

Cello & Chocolate 17 November 7.30 pm - 2 cellos





Vivaldi, Vivaldi, Vivaldi for 2 Cellos
Georg Mertens & Trish McMeekin - cello

ANTONIO VIVALDI -

A. VIVALDI - Sonata No 1 Bb major
     Largo - Allegro - Largo - Allegro

E. SATIE - Gymnopedie 1 (arr. Georg)

A. VIVALDI - Sonata No 5 E minor
     Largo - Allegro - Largo - Allegro

-  I N T E R V A L   -   T I M E  for  D E S S E R T -

A. VIVALDI - Sonata No 6 in Bb major
     Largo - Allegro - Largo - Allegro

H. PURCELL - "Dido's Lament" from "Dido and Aneas"

 A. VIVALDI - Sonata No 9 G minor
    Andante - Allegro poco - Largo - Allegro


Cellos:

GEORG MERTENS
 /  TRISH McMEEKIN *

Georg plays a cello made c 1740, Italy.
Trish plays a cello made by Gagliano 1806, Italy.



PLEASE NOTE:
Due to the conditions set by the current management
the concerts at Jenolan Cave's Cathedral Chamber sadly finished in December 2013

with our 341st concert (last concert sold out)
We wish to thank our 15 000 visitors, which whom we could share over 16 years experiencing fabulous music in the amazing place famous for the world's purest acoustics! Sad it's gone.


HOUSE CONCERTS
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with Georg Mertens

Cello Solo
or
Duos with Georg & Friends

Contact: georgcello@hotmail.com

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How does it work?

Choose your program & combination of instruments or solo
Choose date and time
Choose your best friends


House concerts may also take place in a venue of your choice.
Main features are:
* The performance is the main feature, it is not background music
* it is private, no tickets are sold.


Contact: georgcello@hotmail.com

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- PROGRAM OPTIONS -

Cello Solo

* The Bach Cello Suites including an introduction into their history and perfromance
* A Cultures of the World Tour through Music
* Georg's own compositions and Improvisations
* choose a mixture


  (Georg Mertens in concert)


Cello & Guitar

* Baroque to modern
* Spanish & South American

 
Georg & Heath Auchinachie (left)
Georg & Giuseppe Zangari (right) after a "Cello & Chocolate" concert
consuming chocolate



2 Cellos
* Vivaldi, Baroque
* Classical, modern

   
Georg and Trish McMeekin (left) & Ella Jamieson (right)


Contact: georgcello@hotmail.com



GEORG MERTENS - short CV

TRAINING
1952 - Born in Aachen / Germany as 4th of 7 children. Wanted to play cello since the age of 4.
1960 - Learned recorder at the age of 8 for a year as a condition to get a discount for cello lessons.
1961 - Commencing cello lessons at the age of 9.
1972 - High School HSC (Gymnasium Abitur) school prize for music.

1972-78 - Tertiary studies at "Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Freiburg / Germany, Diploma majoring in Cello (1976) Guitar (1978)
Masterclasses with Enrico Mainardi (scholarship) and Janos Starker.
(1972-76 - Also: One year studies in Geography / Geology
Training in client centered psychotherapy / Councelling in Education)

PROFESSIONAL LIFE in EUROPE
1972 - today. Teacher of cello & guitar
1973-78 - Concert tours including Sweden, France, Austria, Germany
Conducting chamber music master classes in Salzburg (Austria) and Koenigstein.

1978-80 - Cello/guitar teacher at Musikschule Steglitz, Berlin
Concert series in old village churches of Berlin
Concert series "in alten Heidekirchen" North Germany
1980-84 - Cello & guitar teacher at Kreismusikschule Schleswig-Flensburg, head of string department

AUSTRALIA
1985 Emigration to Australia
1986 Lecturer at UNE, Armidale (composition & music theory / cello & double bass)
1987-89 - Tutor at Coffs Harbour Music Education Centre
1990-2015 - Tutor at Mitchell Conservatorium Bathurst
From 1989 - 1999 Ensemble performances with: Winbourne String Qartett / Tarantella Trio / The Blue Mountains Trio
- (more than 1000 performances, concerts, weddings & events)
- Tours of NSW & Queensland.
From 1990 - Performances with the Paganini Duo including
- East Asia tour, several tours of NSW and Queensland
- Concerts at Jenolan Caves / 3 CD's.
TV & radio Broadcasts including:
The 'Ray Martin Show', 'The Great Outdoors', 'Sydney Weekender', 'Beyond 2000', 'Good Morning Australia'.
Many radio stations including the ABC and 2MBS FM.

1992 - 1999 Setting up, editing & publishing the "Directory of Musicians in the Blue Mountains".
1994-1998 editing & publishing the "Directory of Artist and Musicians of the Blue Mountains, Penrith and Lithgow.
(In 2000 the publication had been handed over to Carolyn Skinner, who publishes the directory to today)

1993/4 - 2 MBS FM Radio recordings of the complete 6 Suites for cello solo by JS Bach / Benjamin Britten solo Suite No 2 / Brahms Sonata e minor
1994 - Schubert Sonata for Arpeggione live on air, part of the "20 years of 2 MBS FM" celebrations
1997 - 2013. Setting up regular concerts at Jenolan Caves.
- The Cello Concerts at Jenolan Caves had grown to be the longest series of cello concerts in history with 200 regular cello concerts over 16 years at the same venue.
1999 - East Asia tour with The Blue Mountains Trio & Paganini Duo
2001 - Cello solo Concert tour of East & West Germany
2003 - 2013. 141 Concerts at Jenolan Caves with the Paganini Duo
2007/8 - Concerts at Wellington Caves (cello solo & Paganini Duo)
2008 -
Setting up concerts at Loumax Gallery Katoomb/Leura. (The concerts continue under the new owners (now called "Nolan on Lovel")
2009 - Cello solo Concerts in Ireland
2014 - Rainforest Recitals in the "Rainforest Room" in Jamieson Valley

TODAY
From 2014 - Cello Concerts in historic churches of Western NSW
From 2014 - "Cello & Chocolate" (Concert with Dessert) at "The Gingerbread House" Katoomba in collaboration with "Josophan's Fine Chocolates" of Leura
Georg teaches privately cello and Classical guitar in Katoomba & Mudgee

CD's

LP "Alte und neue Musik fuer klassische Gitarre" (Lueneburg/Germany) 1983
Cassette "The Blue Cassette" Guitar solo 1990
CD "Blue Mountains Gypsies" (Paganini Duo) violin & guitar/cello 1996
CD "Music for Grand Dining" (Blue Mountains Trio) violin/cello/piano 1997
CD "Music at Jenolan Caves", cello solo 2000, recorded in the Cathedral Chamber
CD "Classical Guitar" guitar solo 2002
CD "Sounds of Timber" (Jodie Goldney & G. Mertens) various recorders & cello/guitar 2004
CD "An Hour in Heaven" (Paganini Duo) violin & guitar/cello 2007
CD "Cello Favourites" (G Mertens & Gavin Tipping) cello & piano 2008
CD "Cello Solos" 2009 Live Recordings form The Jenolan & Wellington Caves Concerts
Set of 2 CD's: J.S.Bach - "The Six Suites for cello solo" 2012
CD "25 Years of Performing together" (Paganini Duo) 2014

To listen or purchase CD's please click on the field below :

CD RELEASES  -
Purchase & Downloads 
including CD Baby, iTunes & Amazon


ARTICLES
The Structure of the Song of the Australian Magpie (1998)
An Analysis of Bow Technique (2008)
The 6 Cello Suites by J.S.Bach - History - Analysis - Audio - Video (2012)
This is no Poetry - Poems by a crazy man with no feeling for Rhyme" (1998)
Poems from the Cold Mountain / Han Shan (1998 / 2002)

Poetry (2003)

COMPOSITIONS

1996 - Ideas upon the River Maros for violin & guitar *
1999 - Cathedral Ciaconna for cello solo * #
          Fantasy on Jenolan Caves for cello solo *
2000 - Variations on "Maytime (Maienzeit)" for cello solo * #
2003 - Multicultural Suite for various recorders & cello *
2004 - Anniversary Valse for violin & cello
          Cantilena f violin & guitar
2006 - Tango Celloguitar for cello solo * #
2007 - Variations on "My Fiddle is broken, my Heart is broken" f violin & guitar * #
2010 - Variations on Sakura, Sakura for cello solo * #
2013 - Rainforest Sonata for solo cello #
2014 - 5 Preludes for the Love of the Sound of the lower strings #


IMPROVISATIONS

c 2003 - Arabian Improvisation
* #
c 2005 - Imrovistaion in imitation of the Erh Hu * #
2011 - Didgeridoo * #

TRANSCRIPTIONS:

Cello solo:
Asturias (Albeniz) * #
Verano Porteno (Piazzolla) * #
Melancholy Galliard (Dowland) #
Cantico (Sojo) #
Prelude 3 (Villa-Lobos) * #
Spanish Romance (Anonymus) * #
Gymnopedie 1 (Satie) #

Summertime (Gershwin) #
Meditation from Thais (Massenet) * #
Ich armes Maegdelein ( Anon) *

2 Cellos:
Lute Suite No 1 in E minor (J.S. Bach) #
Pavanas & Canarios (Sanz)
Variations on Folias (Giuliani)
Intermezzo (Granados)
The Swan & Bach Prelude G (Saint-Saens / Bach / Mertens) #

Cello & Guitar:
Cello part to Prelude 1 (Villa-Lobos) #
Cello part to Recuerdos del Alhambra (Tarrega) #
Milonga del Angel (Piazzolla)
Cantabile (Paganini)
Sonatina (Beethoven) #
Cello Sonata, Largo (Chopin)
Stuecke im Volkston (pieces in popular mood) No 2 (Schumann)
Sonata in E minor (Vivaldi)
Ave Maria (Caccini) #
Sonata for Viola da Gamba No 2 D major ( J.S. Bach)
Spanish Romance #
Those were the Days (Fomin)
Autumn Leaves (Kosma)

2009 (edited) Cello method in 2 Volumes, c 100 pieces (in the making since 1990)
2010 (edited) Guitar student performance pieces, 18 pieces (composed 1990-2005)

* - has been recorded on CD / iTunes
# - can be viewed on Youtube

Scores can be downloaded free on the "sheetmusic" page
For recordings see "CD-releases" page


Music by Georg Mertens in Movies:

2012 - The following 7 music pieces recorded and arranged or composed by Georg Mertens have been selected for the movie "Fils de Grece" (Greece): Asturias - Meditation - Spanish Romance - Variations on Sakura, Sakura - Tango CelloGuitar - Didgeridoo - Vivaldi Largo II in e minor.

2014 - The music of "Didgeridoo" & "Arabian Improvisation" have been chosen for a documentation on Asylum seekers in Germany / Munich Rindermarkt. English Title: First class asylum

 
   

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