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LC control 85143429
LC classificationML900 ML905 History
MT280 MT298 Instruction
Topical headingViola
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Variant(s)Braccio (Viola da braccio)
Viola da braccio
See alsoBowed stringed instruments
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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 difinition of an arm-held string instrument)
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. 27, 2009 (Later in the [17th] century ... it was becoming more common to restrict "viola da braccio" (or sometimes just "braccio") to viola parts.)