violoncello
(vee-oh-lonh-TCHEH-low)


[It.] - [Eng.]


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.

See also violin.

Also [Eng.] cello; [Eng.] violoncello; [Fr.] violoncelle (m); [Ger.] Violoncell (n); [It.] cello (m); [It.] violoncello (m); [Sp.] violoncelo; [Sp.] violonchelo; [Abbr.] Vc.; [Abbr.] Vcelle; [Abbr.] Vcl.; [Abbr.] Vlc..

See also violin.


More about instruments - Table of musical translations


SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Boccherini: Concerto for Cello in B-flat major, G. 482, III
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 61
Baker: Sonata for Cello and Piano (1973), II
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 52
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102, III
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 3, Track 26
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Act II, Pas de deux
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 5

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