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.
When did cello start gaining popularity? Who was composing for cello in the early 1700’s? This is the true introduction to the cello from “The Violoncello and Its History” by Joseph Wasielewski.