1. This is probably the most famous piece for solo cello…
The Prelude to Bach’s first solo cello suite.
2. But there are some other terrific pieces written since Bach’s time
This piece, the Kodály solo cello sonata, requires the cellist to tune his/her cello to different pitches than the norm in order to play certain chords that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. (If you just want to listen to a small part, the third movement starts at 21 minutes and 3 seconds, but the whole thing is great.)
3. And then there are non-classical cello solos…
Like this one, Julie-O, performed by its composer!
4. And then it gets even crazier when you add an orchestra
This is just a snippet from what might be the most famous cello performance of all time: Jacqueline Du Pré’s Elgar Concerto.
5. But the real magic of the cello is the all cello ensemble
This is a fun mashup of some of the most famous cello pieces with “Home on the Range.” If you listen closely, you’ll hear the above Bach prelude, the Fauré Elegie, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, Dvorak and Saint-Saëns’s concertos, and more.
6. But cello ensembles can also do pop!
O. M. G.
7. And rock!
8. At the end of the day, cellos like to keep it classy.
It sounds like swimming in melted chocolate. <3
9. And, if you still needed further convincing…..
This should settle things.