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Medieval Musical Instruments
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Rebec, would be used by the musicians
of the period including the Waits,
Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and
percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas
referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume,
not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which
included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other
plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments
(literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were
suitable for outdoors which included the shawm,
sackbut, pipe and tabor. Read the above history, facts and information about the Rebec.
Description of the Rebec
Definition and description of the
Rebec: The Rebec can be described as an instrument with a round pear-shaped body, much
like an early violin. It was an instrument with a round form
having three strings, and being
played with a bow. Also spelt as 'rebeck'. According to the Medieval
author Geoffrey Chaucer
the word 'rebec' was also contemptuous term applied to an old woman.
Family of Instruments: The
Rebec belongs to the family of String instruments.
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