violoncello

vee-oh-lonh-TCHEH-low
[Italian]
The third lowest member of the violin family, after the violin and the viola. The violoncello (often shortened to just cello) is actually the lowest member of those descended from the viola da braccio with a range of C below the bass clef to G at the top of the treble clef. It is as expressive and versatile as the violin, but with a richer, deeper, darker tone.

Example

Cello_parts Violoncello Construction

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, I

Luigi Boccherini: Concerto for Cello in B-flat major, G. 482, III

Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102, III

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Act II, "Pas de deux"


Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 3, "Autumn", III

Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, III

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, I


See Also

[Abbreviation] cello ()
[French] violoncelle
[German] Violoncell
[Spanish] violoncelo
[Spanish] violonchelo
[English] Vc.
[French] Vcelle.
[English] Vcl.
[English] Vlc.

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