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Bowed stringed instruments

LC control 85129122
LC classificationML749.5 ML927 History
MT259 MT338 Instruction
Topical headingBowed stringed instruments
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Variant(s)Bowed instruments
Bowed string instruments
Bowed strings (Musical instruments)
Fretted instruments
Instruments, Bowed string
Lira (Musical instrument)
Lyra (Musical instrument)
Stringed instruments, Bowed
Strings (Musical instruments)
Viole da braccio
See alsoStringed instruments
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Subject example tracingNote under Stringed instruments
Found in89208588: Zeyringer, F. Die Viola da braccio, c1988: p. 258 (Viola da braccio: In 16th c. general name for an arm-held string instrument; in 17th c., family name; in 18th c. a designation for the middle-voice instrument of the viola da braccio family; today, meaning has reverted to the generic definition of an arm-held string instrument)
New Harvard (Viola da braccio: in 16th and 17th c., a bowed string instrument played on the arm rather than on or bet. legs; thus, any of several instruments of the violin family, as distinct from viols)
New Grove instruments (Viola da braccio: 16th- and 17th c. term for a member of vln. family or, more precisely, generic term for bowed str. ins. played on the arm as opposed to one played bet. the knees (viola da gamba))
Marcuse (Viola da braccio: It.: arm viola; 16th-17th c. designation of instrs. of the violin family, as opposed to viola da gamba family; during 17th c. the term became reserved for the alto instr., our viola, still called Bratsche (from braccio) in German)
New Grove dict. of mus. WWW site, Apr. 30, 2007: Under Lyra ii (term used for various instruments, most often string instruments; "lyra" and "lira" in medieval and Renaissance writings designated various string instruments as well as the ancient Greek lyra); under Fiddle (generic term for any chordophone played with a bow; colloquially often used for a member of the violin family. During the Middle ages and early Renaissance the medieval versions of the word were used not only for bowed instruments in general but also for one particular type known today as the "medieval fiddle." To decide which instrument was meant requires an awareness of the date, the instruments, applicable, and the content) under Fret (A strip of gut, bone, ivory, wood or metal, placed across the fingerboard of certain bowed and plucked instruments)