About the Cello

The word cello comes from the Latin word “Vitula,” which means stringed instrument. Bowed instruments similar to the cello date back to the 9th century and the days of the Byzantine Empire. During this time and several centuries following, there were a number of bowed instruments resembling both cellos and violins, though the first record of a more modern cello was not until the 1700’s.

The cello enjoys unparalleled popularity in today’s pop culture, probably because it is the only instrument one can play that requires one to sit, yet allows one to chew gum and make music at the same time. The beautiful tenor timbre of the instrument soothes the inner soul when needed, but allows flamboyant virtuosity for those who are capable.


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