Listen Up! “C” is for Cello


By now, I think some of you are guessing what instrument will be featured. Not the clarinet, or the cowbell (more cowbell!). The cello belongs to the violin family and has four strings tuned in perfect fifths.

Possibly the best-known cellist of modern times is Yo-Yo Ma. Besides playing classical music, he’s recorded with James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, and The Dixie Chicks. Here he plays the Bach Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude:



Jacqueline Du Pre, and her performance of Elgar Cello Concerto has to be one of my favourite pieces of music – such a terrible loss and I have a personal hatred of MS. Also like Rodrigo’s Cello Concerto

The music that comes out of Yo-Yo Ma’s Strad Cello is to die for. He is truly one of the greats. I also remember Jacqueline Du Pre, and her Elgar Cello Concerto. Gorgeous!I

The cello is one of my absolute favorite instruments!

Well, what a lovely surprise to stumble across your blog and hear such thrilling music! Thank you for sharing! I know what you’ll do for X, of course, but it’s Q that has me guessing…

Hello, Martha. I saw your link in The Shark’s comment section, and thought I’d stop by. Best of luck with your A to Z challenge!

Favourite piece: Elgar’s Cello Concerto. I have the Jacqueline du Pre recording.

oooohhh i love the sound of cello!!!

I love cello music and especially Yo-yo Ma. You might also like one of my favorites on You Tube: Kevin Olusola

Yo-yo Ma is one of my favorite cello players. He just has a golden touch to his playing. And there’s something about the sound of it that is so… intimate.

Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
A-Z Blogging in April Participant

Enjoyed all three clips, and listening up! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the music, and the facts. Liked the bagpipes most of all. Didn’t know they were played in the ME and Africa. Nice to meet you, I’m your neighbour on the sign up list at 51.

Best wishes,
from Madly-in-Verse

I love the cello. I had the pleasure of seeing Yo-Yo Ma play a few years ago. Isn’t it wonderful that we can find all these clips on YouTube?

I would love to have learnt the cello, sadly I do not have a musical bone in my body and even a triangle taxes me, but it was a combination of the lovely melodies the instrument can emit in the hands of someone talented but also Lori Singer’s character in Fame was my favourite πŸ˜€

Lovely. The ‘cello has a wonderful sound. I can’t resist mentioning that its full name begins with V! πŸ˜‰ I like the way you are approaching this theme – quite different from how I did it last year. Sue

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