Instrument Family



Bass Clef

Modern Instrument Invented

Early to Mid-1500s

Fun Facts

  • Cello is a shortened form of the Italian word violoncello, which means ‘small large violin.’
  • A musician who plays the cello is commonly called a cellist.
  • A cello has a metal pin on the bottom. This is adjustable so a cellist can move the cello to the appropriate height to be played.
  • The oldest cello known to be made is in a museum in South Dakota!

Famous Orchestral Works Featuring the Cello

Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Beethoven’s  Symphony No. 9

Watch Columbus Symphony Principal Cellist Luis Biava introduce the cello!

Hear Columbus Symphony Assistant Principal Cellist Wendy Morton play an orchestral excerpt!

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