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The cello is an instrument that dates back to the 16th century.
Initially, the cello was used as an accompanying instrument.
It has been used as a solo instrument more and more since the 17th century due to its wide range and variety in sound. It is tuned an octave lower than the viola, and produces a warm, intimate and dark tone.
In the low register the cello sounds weighty and rich, and in the highest register it is very expressive, perhaps even the most expressive of all instruments.
The cello’s parts are the same as those of the violin, though considerably larger.
In addition, the cello has a supporting metal endpin attached to the bottom of the body, which allows the instrumentalist to rest the instrument on the floor.