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Cello          Return to list of instruments

 The cello (an abbreviation for violoncello), is the true bass instrument of the string family. The double bass or contrabass is, of course, a deeper bass instrument than the cello, this is why it is called the double bass. The cello has a shape similar to a violin,  but twice the size, resting on the floor supported by a spike. The player normally sits on a stool to play it.

The 4 strings are tuned to C G D A,  starting from the C two octaves below middle C This is MIDI note C2. It has a range of nearly 4 octaves, up to the A in the 2nd octave above middle C.

The cello has an exquisitely beautiful velvety tone, and has been used since the baroque period as a solo instrument as well as the bass instrument for the string quartet and for the string family in the orchestra.


Music featuring the Cello. Audio is available for 320 tunes for this instrument.
No.Name of WorkCategoryComposer
1 All Through the NightFolk SongVarious
2 Angels from the Realms of GlorySacredVarious
3 Barbara AllenFolk SongVarious
4 Barcarolle from Tales of HoffmanShort PieceOffenbach
5 Belle of the BallWaltzAnderson
6 Canon in D major for three Violins and Continuo Chamber MusicPachelbel
7 Carnival of the AnimalsSuiteSaint-Saens
8 Cello Concerto in A minorConcertoSchumann
9 Cello Concerto in B minor Op 104ConcertoDvořák
10 Cello Concerto in BbConcertoBoccherini
11 Cello Concerto in DConcertoBoccherini
12 Cello Concerto in E minor Op 85ConcertoElgar
13 Cello Concerto no 1 in C major Hob VIIb:1ConcertoHaydn
14 Cello Concerto no 2 in D major Op 101ConcertoHaydn
15 Concerto in A minor for violin and cello Op 102ConcertoBrahms
16 Divertimento in Bb KV240Chamber MusicMozart
17 Divertimento in Bb K 137Chamber MusicMozart
18 Divertimento in D K136Chamber MusicMozart
19 Divertimento in Eb K252 (piano trio)Chamber MusicMozart
20 Divertimento in F K138Chamber MusicMozart
21 Drink To Me Only With Thine EyesFolk SongVarious
22 Dumky Trio Movements 1 and 2.Chamber MusicDvořák
23 Egmont Overture Op 84OvertureBeethoven
24 Flute Quartet in D K285Chamber MusicMozart
25 Gigue from Overture for 2 Chalumeaux, 2 violettas and BassoChamber MusicTelemann
26 Hamabdil - a Hebrew MelodyChamber MusicBantock
27 Hey Diddle DiddleNursery RhymesVarious
28 Interlude No 1 in F for String QuartetChamber MusicGomersall
29 Interlude No 2 in C for String QuartetChamber MusicGomersall
30 Jeux d'Enfants - Suite for Orchestra, Op 22SuiteBizet
31 Jewels of the MadonnaOperaWolf-Ferrari
32 Mary Mary Quite Contrary, How does your Garden Grow?Nursery RhymesVarious
33 Minuet from Divertimento K334Chamber MusicMozart
34 NormaOperaBellini
35 O Little Town of BethlehemSacredVarious
36 Oboe Quartet in F K 370Chamber MusicMozart
37 Piano Quartet in G minor K478Chamber MusicMozart
38 Piano Quartet No.1 in D major, Op 23Chamber MusicDvořák
39 Piano Quintet in A D667 'Trout'Chamber MusicSchubert
40 Piano Trio in Bb Op 99 for piano violin and celloChamber MusicSchubert
41 Piano Trio in Bb K502Chamber MusicMozart
42 Piano Trio in Bb Op 11 for piano, clarinet and cello.Chamber MusicBeethoven
43 Piano Trio in C K548Chamber MusicMozart
44 Piano Trio in DChamber MusicGomersall
45 Piano Trio in E K542Chamber MusicMozart
46 Piano Trio in Eb Op 100 No.2Chamber MusicSchubert
47 Piano Trio in F Hob XVChamber MusicHaydn
48 Piano Trio in G K496Chamber MusicMozart
49 Piano Trio in G K564Chamber MusicMozart
50 Piano Trio No.1 in B major Opus 8Chamber MusicBrahms
51 Piano Trio No.2 in C major Op 87Chamber MusicBrahms
52 Piano Trio No.7 in Bb ArchdukeChamber MusicBeethoven
53 Serenade in G K525 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - string quartetChamber MusicMozart
54 Silent NightSacredVarious
55 South WindFolk SongVarious
56 String Quartet in C Op59 No.3 "Rasoumowsky"Chamber MusicBeethoven
57 String Quartet in D minor D810 'Death and the Maiden'Chamber MusicSchubert
58 String Quartet in Eb Op 127Chamber MusicBeethoven
59 String Quartet in F major Op 18 No.1Chamber MusicBeethoven
60 String Quartet in F, Op 96 "The American".Chamber MusicDvořák
61 String Quartet in G major Op 18 No.2Chamber MusicBeethoven
62 String Quartet No. 3 in G K156Chamber MusicMozart
63 String Quartet No.1 in D Major Op.11Chamber MusicTchaikovsky
64 String Quartet No.13 in A minor Op 29 'Rosamunde'Chamber MusicSchubert
65 String Quartet No.14 in G major, K387Chamber MusicMozart
66 String Quartet No.15 in D minor K421Chamber MusicMozart
67 String Quartet No.16 in Eb K428Chamber MusicMozart
68 String Quartet No.17 in Bb K 458 "The Hunt"Chamber MusicMozart
69 String Quartet No.18 in A K464Chamber MusicMozart
70 String Quartet No.19 in C K465 "Dissonant"Chamber MusicMozart
71 String Quartet No.2 in AChamber MusicBorodin
72 String Quartet No.20 in D major K499 'Hoffmeister'.Chamber MusicMozart
73 String Quartet No.21 in D major K575Chamber MusicMozart
74 String Quartet No.22 in Bb major K589Chamber MusicMozart
75 String Quartet No.23 in F major K590Chamber MusicMozart
76 String Quartet No.8 in E minor Op 59 No 2 "Rasoumovsky"Chamber MusicBeethoven
77 String Quartet Op 1 No.1 "La Chasse" - 'The Hunt' - JagquartettChamber MusicHaydn
78 String Quartet Op 1 No.2Chamber MusicHaydn
79 String Quartet Op 1 No.3Chamber MusicHaydn
80 String Quartet Op 1 No.4Chamber MusicHaydn
81 String Quartet Op 1 No.5Chamber MusicHaydn
82 String Quartet Op 1 No.6Chamber MusicHaydn
83 String Quartet Op 2 No.1Chamber MusicHaydn
84 String Quartet Op 2 No.2Chamber MusicHaydn
85 String Quartet Op 3 No.5 "Serenade"Chamber MusicHaydn
86 String Quartet Op 9 No.1Chamber MusicHaydn
87 String Quartet Op 9 No.3Chamber MusicHaydn
88 String Quartet Op 9 No.4Chamber MusicHaydn
89 String Quartet Op 20 No.1Chamber MusicHaydn
90 String Quartet Op 20 No.2Chamber MusicHaydn
91 String Quartet Op 20 No.3Chamber MusicHaydn
92 String Quartet Op 54 No.1Chamber MusicHaydn
93 String Quartet Op 54 No.2Chamber MusicHaydn
94 String Quartet Op 54 No.3Chamber MusicHaydn
95 String Quartet Op 64 No.5 "The Lark"Chamber MusicHaydn
96 String Quartet Op 76 No.2 "Fifths"Chamber MusicHaydn
97 String Quartet Op 76 No.3 EmperorChamber MusicHaydn
98 String Quintet in C D956 Op 163Chamber MusicSchubert
99 String Quintet in E Op 13 No.5Chamber MusicBoccherini
100 Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op 67 "Fate"SymphonyBeethoven
101 The Old Woman and the PedlarChamber MusicGomersall
102 Trio in G minor for flute, cello and piano.Chamber MusicWeber
103 When other lips (Will you remember me) - from The Bohemian GirlOperaBalfe
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