VIOLONCELLO (Fr. violoncelle, Ger. Violoncell, Ital. violoncello) , the
See also:bass member of the
See also:family . Although the word violoncello is a diminutive, signifying " small violone," or
See also:double bass, the instrument is really a bass violin, formed on a different
See also:model from the violone, which has the sloping shoulders and
See also:flat back of the
See also:viol family, whereas those of the violoncello are rounded as in the violin . The construction of the violoncello is therefore the same as that of the violin (q.v.) but on a much larger scale . It is either held, on account of its
See also:size, between the performer's knees, or rests on the
See also:floor supported on a
See also:foot or spike .
PAUL MARIE VIOLLET (184o- )
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