The cello is one of the most beloved and versatile string instruments. It sounds almost like the human voice! It has the ability to jump from a low pitch to higher melodic tones. It is indeed mighty, not just in ability but also in size which is why it is played in the comfort of one’s seat. Moreover, it is partnered with a bow which serves as the lifeline of the cello.
Cellos are known for its almost human size, requiring one’s body to be in full use while playing the instrument. But with the growing popularity of cellos, many aspiring musicians are now wanting to start their music career by learning to play this instrument. There are different masterpieces that were played using cello accompanied with other musical instruments that you can check out. Listed below are some of them:
Beethoven – Cello Sonata No. 3
This piece is a classic by the iconic Beethoven. It is an awesome balance to the piano which it is accompanied with in this piece. Moreover, this sonata focuses on the overlapping melodies and harmony of the instrumental duo.
Britten – Suite for Cello No. 1
Britten’s work is a challenging piece for experienced cellists to take on. This requires moving across nine different movements while remaining the coherence of the piece. Try this one if you want to switch your style up a little!
Bach – Cello Suite No. 1
Known for its use of broken chords, Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 is a crowd pleaser and a popular one too! As it is an amazing piece used in plenty of movies, you may want to jump on the bandwagon and learn this iconic song as well!
Vivaldi – Spring From “The Four Seasons”
This piece is known to be colorful as it consists of four seasons: winter, spring, summer, autumn! The tempo of this piece is quite tricky as it goes from fast to slow and returns to a quick pace again. What makes it even more difficult is that it contains various movements for each season it represents.
House of The Rising Sun – Animals
If you are looking for a little jazz and blues, House of The Rising Sun is a New Orleans favorite! This classic piece is played between the ranges of D and E. This is definitely a piece to “vibe” out to.
Silent Night – Franz Xaver Guber
Silent Night is a song we usually hear during the Christmas Season. It is a very slow song played in the key of B flat major. If you’re a beginner, this is a perfect song to play as it has longer phrases.
As enumerated, the cello can produce the most interesting pieces and varies across styles of playing. No matter which piece you choose to master, it requires a lot of patience and effort to play a harmonious piece. Nonetheless, it will surely be a lot of fun learning each piece!