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a large stringed instrument; seated player holds it upright while playing
A large stringed instrument of the violin family with four strings. (From lowest to highest C-G-D-A)
The cello ( CHEL-oh; plural celli or cellos) or violoncello ( VY-ə-lən-CHEL-oh; Italian pronunciation: [vjolonˈtʃɛllo]) is a bowed (sometimes plucked and occasionally hit) string instrument of the violin family. Its four strings are usually tuned in perfect fifths: from low to high, C2, G2, D3 and A3. The viola's four strings are each an octave higher. Music for the cello is generally written in the bass clef, with tenor clef, and treble clef used for higher-range passages. Played by a cellist or violoncellist, it enjoys a large solo repertoire with and without accompaniment, as well as numerous concerti. As a solo instrument, the cello uses its whole range, from bass to soprano, and in chamber music such as string quartets and the orchestra's string section, it often plays the bass part, where it may be reinforced an octave lower by the double basses. Figured bass music of the Baroque-era typically assumes a cello, viola da gamba or bassoon as part of the basso continuo group alongside chordal instruments such as organ, harpsichord, lute, or theorbo. Cellos are found in many other ensembles, from modern Chinese orchestras to cello rock bands.
a contraction for Violoncello
The cello is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is a member of the violin family of musical instruments, which also includes the violin and viola. The cello is used as a solo instrument, as well as in chamber music ensembles, string orchestras, and as a member of the string section of symphony orchestras. It is the second-largest bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, the double bass being the largest. Cellos were derived from other mid- to large-sized bowed instruments in the 16th century, such as the viola da gamba, and the generally smaller and squarer viola da braccio, and such instruments made by members of the Amati family of luthiers. The invention of wire-wrapped strings in Bologna gave the cello greater versatility. By the 18th century, the cello had largely replaced other mid-sized bowed instruments. A person who plays the cello is called a cellist.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
chel′o, for Violoncello; sometimes written 'Cello.—Cellist, 'Cellist, for Violoncellist.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cello is ranked #101737 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Cello surname appeared 177 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cello.
78.5% or 139 total occurrences were White.
12.9% or 23 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
8.4% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.
The numerical value of cello in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of cello in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of cello in a Sentence
I was bowled over when Meghan Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes, what a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can't wait !
My cello has his own frequent flier account.
Imagine hip hop and cello. That would be intense.
If someone is that good at playing a musical instrument, that, in itself, is like another language. So, you've just allowed that child to move to the next level. Danielle’s older sister created a plastic device to help hold her bow for her viola, which has one string less than a violin. The plastic device has helped, but she still needs more flexibility. Christopher has an assistive device to play the cello, but he said it's a little too heavy. Giavedoni plans to remake Danielle’s device by using a mold of her wrist and hand, and he’ll lighten Christopher’s device. For us, it's being able to let these kids show other kids and adults that ‘Don't look at me for what I don't have. Look at all the great things I can do,’.
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- soddgrwth, sieloWelsh
- Cello, VioloncelloGerman
- τσέλο, βιολοντσέλοGreek
- violonchelo, cheloSpanish
- cselló, gordonkaHungarian
- violoncello, celloIndonesian
- selló, knéfiðlaIcelandic
- celloLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- celloNorwegian Nynorsk
- violònčelo, виоло̀нчелоSerbo-Croatian
- violončelo, čeloSlovene
- tselo, biyolontseloTagalog
- viyolonsel, çelloTurkish
- چوڭ ئىسكىروپكاUyghur, Uighur
- وائلن نما سازUrdu
- violonchel, selloUzbek
- xelô, đàn viôlôngxenVietnamese
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