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  • n. Plural form of violoncello.


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  • During his time in Europe, he composed his 'Sextet in G Major for two violins, two violas and two violoncellos' (1900) and his 'First Symphony in D Major for full orchestra' (1901).

    Did you know? Mexico's Nobel Prize nominee and music revolutionary

  • There, snuff and cigars, and German pipes and flutes, and violins and violoncellos, divide the supremacy between them.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • Over the flat lands near Newport the wind moaned like the calling of many violoncellos.

    The Trespasser

  • The whole space commenced to vibrate with a strange humming sound which resembled violins, violoncellos, flageolets and flutes being played upon very faintly.

    The Tale of Lal A Fantasy

  • There are tiny traps, and delicately constructed "lifts," and real footlights fed with burning-fluid, and in the orchestra sits a diminutive conductor before his desk, surrounded by musical manikins, all provided with the smallest of violoncellos, flutes, oboes, drums, and such like.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 24, October, 1859

  • Monkeys chatter and rustle in forest trees, gorgeous birds flit past on jewelled wings, and frogs in this rainy season make a deep booming like the tuning of numerous violoncellos.

    Through the Malay Archipelago

  • There, snuff and cigars and German pipes and flutes, and violins and violoncellos, divide the supremacy between them.

    Charles Dickens and Music

  • The bassoons play readily with the violoncellos, their united tone being often advantageous for effect.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 819, September 12, 1891

  • -- Yes, the violoncellos come in there, -- so it must be.

    Peak's Island A Romance of Buccaneer Days

  • It should perhaps be remarked at this point that when different groups are playing the same phrase, _e. g._, violoncellos and basses, or second violins and violas, the bowing must be uniform in the two sections, if absolute uniformity of phrasing is to result.

    Essentials in Conducting


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