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It's 4 octaves + C: CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB C. You count 4 octaves from the starting note and add the starting note again: C1-C2 (first octave), C2-C3 (second), C3-C4(third), C4-C5(fourth), C5-C6(fifth), as above. The first example you provided: CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB is 5 octaves minus a minor second. The second example: ...


It is easy to play A5 (or, indeed, even A6) on cello as a natural flageolett. However (even if the airy sound of a flageolett is ok for your application), it won't help with any tones merely close to A5. So if that's just the very tip of a melodic line, you'll need to think of a position where also the other notes are feasible as non-flageoletts. The 11th ...


Yes. It is on the very top of the cello's range but it's possible. I would not write a lot that high in their range and if possible I would transpose that part down slightly. The picture bellow shows you the typical range of the cello:

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