The Violoncello and Its History: More Context from the Intro.

What could be more interesting than excerpts from the introduction of this historical work? This is, as the translator put it, in the preface, the first book about the cello in English. Learning the cello’s history, and what preceded it; how it came into being gives us some intriguing insight. We can know more about … Continue reading The Violoncello and Its History: More Context from the Intro.

Episode 30: 18th Century Italy

18th century Italy was the place for cellists to start out. Since it was the birthplace of the Violoncello it makes sense that so many excellent players came from it as well. Not only is the first Cello Sonata by the earliest known cello virtuoso, “Domenico of the Violoncello”, but by the end of the 18th century we have one the most prolific composers known. He was not only a famous composer but was a cellist as well. Can you guess? A Hint: initials L.B.