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10 interesting facts about the cello

August 26, 2016

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 25th August 2016, written by the Oxford Reference marketing team.

The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments


'Invented in the early 16th century, this massive instrument (second in size only to the double bass in the strings family) has a highly versatile history. The Baroque period saw Bach composing unaccompanied cello suites; Haydn, Schumann, and Brahms made use of cellos in concertos in the following Classical and Romantic eras; in recent times, there has been a rise in solo pieces, and soloists can frequently be found playing modern pop and rock music.

Since its birth in Europe, the cello has traveled all over the world, becoming a fixture in Chinese orchestra. Its unique tone and fluidity has made it a popular instrument in our time, making accomplished cellists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Jacqueline du Pre household names. In celebration of this year’s Proms, and the cello, allow us to present a list of interesting things you might not have known about cellos.

Discover more: Read the rest of the article on the OUPblog.  

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