Discussions on Cello Chat can lead to interesting results. The thread on radio stations reminded me to check out the on-demand offerings of my local station, WGBH. They archive the interviews and recitals done in their studio, which are often by visiting soloists in town to do concerts in big venues. I listened to one from several years ago by Alban Gerhardt, who came to perform with the Boston Symphony. For the radio recital he played Bach, Ligeti, and a cute, short unaccompanied etude written by Rostropovich, which Gerhardt said he often uses as an encore piece. I tried to find a published source for that without success. Inspired by the thread where Jon Pegis obtained Yo Yo Ma’s cello part to a James Taylor song, I decided to e-mail Gerhardt. He responded a few hours later with a scan of the piece! Cellists are a generous lot.
It doesn’t look easy (for me), but it’s the kind of short,
fun, unaccompanied piece that can be handy to have. It's evidently from a no-longer published
quarterly journal called The Violexchange, and I wonder if they took it from a Russian
volume of Rostropovich etudes, since there are instructional notes in Russian at the top of
the page. That's just a guess, though.
Gerhardt said I could share the piece with other cellists, so send me your e-mail in a PM if you'd like a copy of the scan.