Pablo Casals – the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century, 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
- As a solo instrument
- In chamber music ensembles
- Stringed orchestras
- symphony orchestras
- Rock bands
- Popular music
- Jazz and
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.
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
Ridolfo 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.
Sources: The Cello Site & Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia
Any questions, comments are welcomed.