The bel canto cello: a study of violoncello playing in Italy in the 19th century

Clare Tunney

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[Truncated] The violoncello was ‘born’ of the violin family in Italy during the 16th century. In the ensuing hundred years, Italian cellists guided the course of development of violoncello playing. As a consequence of their teaching and concert activities, numerous Italian cellists of this period enjoyed fame at home and abroad. Today, these 17th- and 18th-century virtuosi are still acknowledged in print and in performance. However, the legacy of their 19th-century compatriots largely has been ignored. This dearth of information in contemporary literature about 19th-century Italian cellists represents a significant lacuna. Save for the compositions and concert activities of Alfredo Piatti, little is known today about the principal 19th-century Italian exponents of the cello, the sorts of music they played, and how they played it. Given the significant and widely acknowledged role Italian cellists played in the development of the cello in preceding centuries, this is surprising.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2012


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