Violoncello da Spalla, by Don Rickert

Here is a unique bowed stringed instrument, conceived during the Baroque period and made by the preeminent American maker, Don Rickert. This 5 string version of the cello may have been the instrument J.S. Bach had in mind when composing some of his cello suites, especially the 6th suite, which presents many technical challenges for the player of a more traditional 4 stringed instrument. Many violinists and violists have been drawn to playing it as it allows them to employ a similar fingering pattern and technical approach to playing that is similar to their primary instrument. The many combinations of its unique tonal characteristics make this a compelling instrument for anyone looking to broaden his or her depth of knowledge and performance practice of the many beloved musical treasures from the Baroque period.

Inventory #: C742S