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Violoncello [cello]locked

  • Stephen Bonta,
  • Suzanne Wijsman,
  • Margaret Campbell,
  • Barry Kernfeld
  •  and Anthony Barnett


The bass instrument of the violin family. In the Hornbostel-Sachs system it is classified as a bowed lute (fiddle). The violoncello’s present name means, in Italian, a ‘small large viol’, as it employs both the superlative suffix -one, and a diminutive one, -ello...

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