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The cello, also known as the violoncello, is a bowed string instrument that is an essential part of many types of music. It is a member of the violin family, with a range typically spanning from C2 to A5. The cello produces a rich, warm tone often described as similar to the human voice.

The cello is used in various musical genres, including classical, jazz, folk, and popular music. In classical music, the cello is often used as a solo instrument, as well as in chamber music ensembles and orchestras. It is also crucial to many classical music compositions, including concertos, sonatas, and symphonies.