Early Treatise for “Violoncello”

A Treatise for Violoncello c. 1783 by Broderip & Wilkinson

This cello treatise from the end of the 1700's includes notational examples, exercises for first practice, and musical selections. Some of those selections are directly from the prominent Italian cellist Giacobbe Cervetto, d. 1783. What's more, there are even Folk tunes incorporated into the selections. The end of the treatise includes a short Dictionary of terminology.

Episode 30: 18th Century Italy

18th century Italy was the place for cellists to start out. Since it was the birthplace of the Violoncello it makes sense that so many excellent players came from it as well. Not only is the first Cello Sonata by the earliest known cello virtuoso, “Domenico of the Violoncello”, but by the end of the 18th century we have one the most prolific composers known. He was not only a famous composer but was a cellist as well. Can you guess? A Hint: initials L.B.