The cello was first called the bass violin, then the violoncello, which translates to “big little violin” in Italian. The first ‘modern’ cello dates to the mid 16thcentury. The cello as we know it today, evolved from the viola da gamba, which translates to 'viol of the legs', as it was held between the knees.
Luigi Boccherini – (1743-1805)
Pablo Casals - (1876-1973)
Mstislav Rostropovich - (1927-2007)
Jacqueline Du Pre – (1945-1987)
Mischa Maisky - (1948-)
Bach – Six Suites for Cello
Brahms - Cello Sonata No. 1 in e minor
Elgar - Cello Concerto in e minor
Tchaikovsky – Rococco Variations
Villa Lobos - Bachianas Brasilieras No.5 for 8 cellos and voice
1. Why might a cellist use a ‘doughnut’?
2. Which cellist replied, “I think I’m making progress” when asked why he continued to practice his cello everyday in his old age?