A Cello is another category of stringed instrument that belongs to the family of violin. The player who plays a cello is called a cellist. Cello is being played in thousands of concerts around the world and is an integral part of orchestra. Cello often provides the bass sound in an orchestra.
History and Modern Usage
Cello-sized violin instruments have been played since the 1500s. in 1530s, the three sizes of musical instruments were gained popularity what people call violins, violas, and cellos nowadays. There is a misconception that Cello evolved from viola da gamba, however, it was played alongside it for more than 250 years. In 1500s, the violin family instruments were also called viola da braccio. However, the direct ancestor of Cello is was bass violin that was developed in 1538.
The stringed instruments with fine bass sound were developed in Bolonga near 1660. However, with the advent of new technology, cello was created by Bolognese. Around 1700s, Italian players made Cello famous in Northern parts of Europe.
The modern use of Cello is in the symphony of orchestra that contains at least 8 to 12 cellists. In a typical orchestral setting, the cello players are located on the left side and opposite to the violin players. Being a crucial part of orchestra for so many years, the symphony of orchestra is never complete without cello. However, cellos are also played in cello concertos.