from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cello.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large stringed instrument of the violin family, but smaller than the double bass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stringed instrument of music; a bass viol of four strings, or a bass violin with long, large strings, giving sounds an octave lower than the viola, or tenor or alto violin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The modern form of the medieval viola da gamba.
- n. In organ-building, a pedal stop of eight-feet tone, having metal pipes of narrow scale and a very string-like quality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large stringed instrument; seated player holds it upright while playing
My violoncello was the inspiration for the Man Ray derivation on my back.
People have been playing the instrument, formally known as the violoncello, since the mid-16th century.
a kind of violoncello, the "tschibyzga," a long reed flute; wind instruments, tom-toms, tambourines, united with the deep voices of the singers, formed a strange harmony.
Torelli's op. 4 for violin and violoncello contributed to the repertory of unaccompanied duos not unusual at the period.
The string quartet, for two violins, viola and violoncello, was one of the most widely-cultivated genres of chamber music during the Classical period, with the Viennese masters Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven all contributing substantially to the literature.
Younger artists include Han-Na Chang on violoncello, who will perform works by Elgar and Mahler.
Visitors can listen to pianist André Previn, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and violoncello player Lynne Harrell perform together in a 1,600-year-old church, or sit where the sultans strolled, in the courtyard of Topkapi Palace, and hear a guitarist play Tchaikovsky, Schubert and other composers.
It was equally uncertain whether the principal female singer would be sufficiently recovered from the influenza to make her appearance; Mr. Harleigh, the MASANIELLO of the night, was hoarse, and rather unwell, in consequence of the great quantity of lemon and sugar – candy he had eaten to improve his voice; and two flutes and a violoncello had pleaded severe colds.
The distant groaning of the violoncello ceased; footsteps were heard on the stairs; and Mr. Timson presented himself, and shook hands with Parsons with the utmost cordiality.
The overture, in fact, was not unlike a race between the different instruments; the piano came in first by several bars, and the violoncello next, quite distancing the poor flute; for the deaf gentleman