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A cellone is a large cello invented in 1882 by the German luthier Alfred Stelzner. It is held like a cello but tuned (high-to-low) to E3 A2 D2 G1, a fourth below the cello and two octaves below the violin. Its music is written in the bass clef. Its body length and its breadth slightly exceeds those of a normal cello, but it sounds much deeper than a normal cello.[1][2]

It is rarely used by composers. One of the few works where it is used is the Sextet in D major for violino piccolo, violin, viola, violotta, cello, and cellone, Op. 68, by Arnold Krug.[3]

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  1. ^ "Dr. Alfred Stelzner: Pioneer in Violin Acoustics". Draeseke.org. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  2. ^ "Bassetto historisch - Cellone und Sous-Basse". Silvio Dalla Torre. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  3. ^ "AK Coburg Recordings - Music of Draeseke - release DR 0010". Draeseke.org. Retrieved 2014-01-18.


  • 2005: Homage to Stelzner. CD. AK Coburg DR 0010. (Contains music by Felix Draeseke and Arnold Krug)