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Where you can hear the cello

The cello is obviously an important part of the symphony orchestra, but beyond that, there is also a very large body of chamber music relying on the cello. Moreover, the beautifully expressive sound of the instrument has inspired much musical literature that spotlights the amazing sound and capabilities of the cello, including cello solo concertos by 19th and 20th-century composers.
Since the second half of the 20th century, the cello has also found a place in popular music. Famous examples of the 1970s include the music of Electric Light Orchestra and Pink Floyd. More recently, bands like Kronos Quartet, The Lumineers, and Nirvana, among many others, embrace the cello’s wonderful sounds. 

History of the Cello

Like violin and viola, the cello originated in 16th-century Italy. In the 1700s it began to spread to other northern European countries, and its size became standardized.

Cello sizes and types

Today, cellists can choose from a broad range of cello sizes. Standard size is referred to as “full size” or 4/4. In addition, cellos are available in 1/16, 1/10, ⅛, ¼, ½,¾, and ⅞ varieties. The scale length of a full-size cello is about 27.5 inches.

In addition to the wooden, acoustic cello, electric cellos are also available. These can be either acoustic cellos with pickups and amplifiers, or special electric cellos with bodies resembling that of acoustic cellos, or even with entirely different body types. As with the electric violin and viola, the advantage of the electric cello is that it can produce a large sound with the help of electric sound amplification.

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