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.


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.


Sources: The Cello Site & Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Any questions, comments are welcomed.


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