Classical Musical Instruments/The Cello

Pablo Casals   the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century,pau_casals_05 was  one day approached by a  a young reporter.  “Mr. Casals, at the age of 95 years of age, you are the greatest cellist who ever lived. Why  do you still practice six hours a day?”

“Because, ” answered Mr. Casals, “I think I’m making progress.”

Question: What is the name of the second-largest bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra?

Answer: The Cello                                                       

An extremely popular instrument, consider its uses 

Cello, front & side view
Cello, front & side view
  • As a solo instrument
  • In chamber music ensembles
  • Stringed orchestras
  • symphony orchestras
  • Rock bands
  • Popular music
  • Jazz and
  • neoclassical

Today we examine another member of the stringed classical instruments family –  the  Cello, which also includes the violin and viola. The cello or violoncello is a bowed stringed instrument with four strings,  generally turned an octave lower than the viola.

A cellist or violoncellist is the name given to a person who plays the cello, and cello parts are generally written in the bass clef.

History

Cellos find their roots dating back to the 16th century, derived from mid to large-sized bowed instruments made by members of the Amati family of luthiers.

Famous Cellists of the  Classical Period

  • Giovanni Battista Cirri, Italian Cellist/Composer (1724 -1808) Chamber musician to Duke of York in Albany & director of music to the Duke of Gloucester & Edinburgh and

lboccheriniRidolfo Luigi Boccherini (1783 – 1805) who is credited with bringing the Cello to prominence and composing and performing  the highly acclaimed  Cello Concerto in B flat major.

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Sources: The Cello Site & Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Any questions, comments are welcomed.

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